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Layoffs challenge miners, economy in North Fork Valley (CO - War on Coal)
Grand Junction Media ^ | October 24, 2013 | Dennis Webb

Posted on 10/26/2013 7:25:25 AM PDT by cutty

Within two weeks after nearly 150 workers lost their jobs at the Elk Creek Mine near Somerset at the start of the month, as many as a third of them had filed into the Delta Workforce Center.

There, they considered options that are likely to prove difficult not only for them, but the economy of the North Fork Valley.

They can try to stay in the area, but very possibly would have to settle for lower-paying work even with new training, or they can leave in pursuit of mining jobs elsewhere.

Either way, a lot of lucrative mining jobs, and the dollars they bring in locally, are gone, in a reminder that the very kind of industry that can so enrich a community also can leave it in a pinch when that industry takes a hit.

“It’s like textile mills in small southern towns. Everything’s peachy until the mill closes

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One of the most noticeable impacts may be from laid-off workers choosing to leave the area altogether.

The layoffs come as the Delta County School District already has had falling enrollment

(Excerpt) Read more at gjsentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: coal; jobs; waroncoal

1 posted on 10/26/2013 7:25:25 AM PDT by cutty
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To: cutty; mickie; pax_et_bonum
Talk about the captive media....not a single word in the linked article about Obama's war on coal.

Leni

2 posted on 10/26/2013 7:30:14 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: cutty
“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted. That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel, and other alternative energy approaches. The only thing that I’ve said with respect to coal — I haven’t been some coal booster. " - Barack Hussein Obama "Mmmm-Mmmm-MMMM"
3 posted on 10/26/2013 7:31:19 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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To: cutty

This has no correspondence to the mills closing in the south. The kenyan dictator their union supported is out to kill their jobs, our economy and most of them. I have in-laws who are miners out in CO and UT and they would certainly like to see the dictatorship go down.


4 posted on 10/26/2013 7:44:04 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: cutty
If they voted for the Union supported democrat then they got what they deserved, election does have consequences.

I image the Chinese will take over the mines sometimes soon.


5 posted on 10/26/2013 7:48:25 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Do not take my word for it, these are my opinions...Do your own Homework)
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To: darkwing104

Due to guilt over polluting, they should be proud to have been laid of if it will save the planet. NOT! Think of all the free stuff they’ll be entitled to now.


6 posted on 10/26/2013 7:58:32 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: cutty

Now they will find out how the loggers felt.


7 posted on 10/26/2013 8:53:12 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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And California oyster farmers, commercial fishermen from Oregon to Maine , and ranchers going under the knife of USFWS [ Sage Grouse ] in Utah, Colorado ...


8 posted on 10/26/2013 9:04:45 AM PDT by cutty
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To: cutty

Car industry, coal industry, insurance industry...what’s next?


9 posted on 10/26/2013 1:58:42 PM PDT by abclily
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To: abclily

this is a disaster formany of themwho have money tied upn a houseand now they have difficulty sellin the house


10 posted on 10/26/2013 3:19:53 PM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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