Arch Coal, which filed for bankruptcy in January, announced it is laying off 80 workers from its West Elk coal mine, Colorado’s most productive last year. The downsizing was necessary in light of ongoing market depression in both domestic and international coal markets, according to a company official. Three years ago, there were more than 1,200 miners employed at three mines in the North Fork Valley of western Colorado. With the West Elk layoffs, there are now only about 270, with one of the mines closed permanently and the other indefinitely idled.
– via Grand Junction Daily Sentinel/Dennis Webb