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Dan Boyce

Coal Under Trump: One Miner's Perspective

At 11 p.m. on a recent Friday night, the West Elk Mine outside Somerset opened its gates. Cars and trucks started rolling out, signaling the end of a coal mining shift in this rural pocket of Colorado. Workers had been opening up a new section of the mine four or five miles underground, a tough job made tougher considering that the current economics of the coal industry means fewer workers at the mine. Miner Don Stahly, 39, was catching a ride home with a friend. Freshly showered and wearing...

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Casper, WY – Communities looking to improve their air service have until June 30 to apply for a federal grant program designed to help small towns. A year ago, a joint proposal by Casper and Gillette was one of those to receive grant money. The counties matched the $500,000 federal grant and used the money to buy a 19-seat airplane. The plane was leased to Big Sky Airlines, which has been flying a Casper-Gillette-Billings route since late October. But it's been a bumpy first eight months as Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports

Wyoming – A flat economy, rising insurance costs, inflation, and less state revenue has some city governments cutting back on budget spending. Bob Beck explains that some cities in the state are doing much better than others.....

Wyoming – Student enrollment is down around much of Wyoming, schools are closing and teachers are being laid off. But if they're willing to move, there are plenty of jobs in other states. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports on the competition for teachers.

Wyoming – Despite a wet spring in many parts of the state, the potential for a volatile wildfire season still exists, with southwestern Wyoming being the most vulnerable. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports.

Laramie, WY – A surprisingly young group of students from the Snowy Range Academy in Laramie has been nominated to participate in the National "Destination Imagination" competition in Tennessee this year. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports

Albin, Wyoming – What are the implications for schools across the state if Albin School in Laramie is reopened? Should a school district have the right to close a school based on economics? Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay has a complete report.

Laramie County, WY – Laramie County School District Two voted to shut down Albin's junior-senior high school in September. Last week, a district judge overturned that decision, saying it was arbitrary and capricious. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay speaks with superintendent, Howard Craton.

Wyoming – At a meeting of Wyoming Democrats, the new party leadership made their goal for the 2004 election clear: to defeat US Representative Barbara Cubin. Cubin is in her fourth term in the House of Representatives, and has yet to face a serious electoral challenge. But Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports Democrats still think she's vulnerable.

Wheatland, WY – A lawsuit against Wyoming Premium Farms for air and water quality violations has been settled just days before it was to go to trial. The suit was filed by Richard and Bonnie Johnson of Wheatland, but the settlement is being kept confidential. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that although this lawsuit has been settled, the issue of hog farm odor still has to be addressed.

Wyoming – In the last five years, coal bed methane development in the Powder River Basin has reversed Wyoming's economic fortunes and redefined the northeastern part of the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports that energy companies are now looking at other parts of the state for production.

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