User: flenvcenter Topic: Land-Regional
Category: Land Management :: Mining
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Does Obama’s order on climate overlook a major source of greenhouse gases? 21.3.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Energy extracted from federal lands accounts for nearly one-quarter of all energy-related emissions.
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Jewell vows to make energy development on public lands cleaner 18.3.2015 High Country News Most Recent
A long-delayed fracking rule will be announced within days.
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Boom! Bust! 17.3.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Forty-five years of High Country News boom and bust cover stories.
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How 'amenity migrants' push out locals 16.3.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Communities once sustained by local labor now rely on stock market dividends.
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Twentymile Mine asks to mine additional acres 4.3.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County's Twentymile Coal Mine is asking permission from the federal government to mine coal from an additional 310 acres under ground. According to the Bureau of Land Management, Twentymile intends to remove 340,000 tons of coal from the area in a 1 1/2- to 2-year period. In 2014, the mine produced 6.66 million tons of coal, down 8 percent from 2013 when the mine produced 7.24 million tons. Charlene Murdock, a spokeswoman for Peabody Energy, Twentymile’s parent company, said the request is a minor amendment to the mine's existing operation. The additional acreage would allow Twentymile to extend mining in the Wadge coal seam and would enable the mine to add mining equipment in the Wolf Creek seam below. The mine is in the process of moving into the Wolf Creek seam. The BLM is working on an environmental assessment for the proposed modification to Twentymile's coal lease. "We're trying to get the public to give us an idea of what sort of impacts they see," BLM spokesman Chris Joyner said. The BLM ...
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A vital landmark in American skiing 15.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Howelsen Hill is known for training Olympians, but it’s also the place where toddlers first stand on skis Howelsen Hill, the little ski area just across the Yampa River from downtown Steamboat Springs, has earned an international  reputation over its remarkable 100-year history for nurturing the careers of 84 Winter Olympians as of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Quite naturally, residents of Steamboat take immense pride in that statistic and what it says about the community’s devotion to tradition and winter sports.  Some have even speculated that there is mineral magic in the local spring water that makes youngsters here ski faster. Walt Evans, a coach and director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in the mid-1980s, who went on to a three-decade-long career with the United States Ski Association, says the magic can be found in the community’s relationship with the hill itself. Howelsen is easily accessible from schools, Evans said. It’s relative autonomy as a stand-alone ski training ...
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Tough men work tough jobs to turn on the lights 10.2.2015 Durango Herald
Southwest Colorado’s mining heritage is a defining piece of the area’s history and so are the characters from that era. The men who brought electricity to the San Juan Triangle are being brought to life in a new book and accompanying photographic exhibit called “Tough Men in Hard Places.”The book of the same...
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Lost ski resorts of Routt County 8.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
It was a heady and anxious time, February of 1948. The city of Steamboat Springs was, at that point, a ranching- and mining-focused community with a snow sports habit. The people who are legends in the region today were living, breathing parts of it then. Buddy Werner was a skiing schoolboy, fast, but not considered the “most graceful” of his elementary school peers. Carl Howelsen, acknowledged then and now as the father of skiing in the area, was gone, moved back to his native Norway, but Steamboat was still in his heart, and when he wrote a letter back to the residents in his one-time home, it was literally front page news. More than anything, however, the city was focused on the new ski lift that started at the base of Howelsen Hill and promised to open up the upper slopes of Emerald Mountain. On Feb. 1, 1948, more than 1,000 people gathered at the base of that lift, for a formal dedication ceremony. Skiing already was engrained in Steamboat’s soul at that point, of course. A rope tow and boat tow ...
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Why we risked getting arrested in Utah 3.2.2015 Writers on the Range
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3 local educators honored by Peabody Energy 2.2.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Three local school employees were surprised last week with Peabody Energy Leaders in Education awards. Peabody Energy, which operates Twentymile Mine, gives the awards throughout the year to outstanding education professionals that work in the areas where they mine. Erika Jezo, a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Hayden Valley Elementary School, and Amanda McDermott, a special education teacher and transition coordinator at Moffat County High School in Craig, were honored at their schools Thursday morning, and para-professional Michelle “Mickey” Badaracca, from North Routt Community Charter School, was honored during an assembly at her school Thursday afternoon. Program Director for the Peabody Leaders in Education Award Maureen Moore traveled from Missouri to personally deliver the good news and a check for $1,000 to each of the honorees. North Routt Community Charter School Director Brandon LaChance said that Badaracca exemplifies the type of person who deserves the Leaders in Education award. “She’s ...
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King Coal promises to control trucks 28.1.2015 Durango Herald
Executives from a coal mine west of Durango presented plans Tuesday to mitigate traffic hazards caused by trucks serving the mine along County Road 120 and La Plata Highway (Colorado Highway 140).A crowd filled the cafeteria at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School to hear the proposals from Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua Energy, the company...
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Local Briefs 27.1.2015 Durango Herald
Coal mine focus of Hesperus meetingAn informative meeting about the adverse impacts the King II coal mine in Hesperus will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, 11274 Colorado Highway 140, Hesperus.GCC Energy will make a presentation about the impact 240 coal trucks per day is having on the...
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‘A signature win’ 25.1.2015 Durango Herald
What a difference a week makes.Seven days after being blasted by 36 points at No. 14 Metro State, the Fort Lewis College men’s basketball team sent a resounding statement across the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and all of Division II men’s basketball with a 83-77 victory against the ninth-ranked Colorado Mines...
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Noel: Leadville hospital needs a savior 24.1.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
St. Vincent, Leadville's only hospital, is dying. Most medical services have been eliminated, although the emergency room, three patient rooms and ambulance services are still functioning.
Mountain Toad Brewing partners with aerospace firm for new Golden site 6.1.2015 Denver Post: Business
Mountain Toad Brewing in Golden is planning a 20,000-square-foot production facility and shared space with an aerospace sensor ...
Action Line Mercy cleaned daily; Durango topo maps untouched since 1963 5.1.2015 Durango Herald
The Help Wanted ads had an interesting item the other day from Mercy Regional Medical Center. The hospital listed an opening for an “Environmental Services Worker.” But further on in the ad, you find out that it was a posting for housekeepers. Not to be a jerk, but why the fancy title? It’s honorable work, so what’s...
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Rant from the Hill: An Assay on Old Lang Syne Peak 29.12.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Taking a right gude willie waught for the turning year.
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Ghosts of the Southwest 27.12.2014 Durango Herald
DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. – The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from the Pacific Coast Borax company.Once the mine shut down, the people left, leaving the U-shaped hotel and the opera house attached to it at the center of what is now considered a ghost...
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Mine’s reach cushions blow in North Fork Valley 27.12.2014 Durango Herald
DELTA (AP) – Scotty Calhoun saw the handwriting on the longwall years ago and opted out of full-time work at the Elk Creek Mine.Calhoun instead signed on at TK Mining in Delta and promptly went to work in Colorado, Canada and Mexico.He’s stayed busy since, and now he’s getting calls from some of the miners...
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167 acres west of Steamboat sells for $2.1 million 23.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
A 167-acre property home to the Bear River Sand and Gravel Co. sold earlier this month for $2.1 million. The property at 22695 W. U.S. Highway 40 is west of Steamboat Springs and includes both sides of two-thirds of an acre stretch of the Yampa River. It was sold to Bear River Land LLC, a company registered in Dallas, Texas. The property has ample wildlife as well as ponds, lakes, streams and large cottonwood trees, according to Ronald Wendler, a Colorado Group Realty broker who acted as the listing agent. “There’s incredible fishing, and definitely lots of wildlife — ducks and geese,” Wendler said. Wendler said that Bear River Land LLC’s owner, Greg Brown, also bought the Saddle Ridge Estates subdivision and owns more adjacent land, all near the gravel property. He doesn’t think that Brown plans to use it for more developments, however. “I think he’s buying it for personal use,” Wendler said. The $2.1 million sticker price was less than the seller was asking for, and the property had been on the market ...
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