A coal mine in Delta County announced Wednesday it is laying off 150 workers, over 40 percent of its workforce. The Bowie #2 mine layoffs follow the shutdown one year ago of another area mine, which laid off nearly 300 workers.
Colorado's 12 coal mines produced almost 29 million short tons of coal a year, according to 2012 figures from the Energy Information Administration [.pdf]. These latest layoffs are part of a downturn in coal's fortunes, which could continue to affect rural areas of the state that depend on coal for high-paying jobs.
Election Day is less than a week away, and campaigns for close races for U.S. Senate and Governor are making their final pitch to voters. In order to get a sense of what could tip the balance in these tossup races for Governor and Senate, we picked the brains of reporters that work at the state capitol.
The new $1.5 million fire station will be operational June 2015.
Credit Bret Gibson / Four Mile Fire Department
The Four Mile Fire District is situated in the mountains just west of Boulder and has been hit hard in recent years. There's some good news though – groundbreaking on a new $1.5 million fire station will begin on Halloween Friday.
The Denver Film Festival will show over 200 movies this year. Even counting shorts, that’s too many. There’s a lot of good stuff to see though, and a lot of those films are way under the radar. The glitzy films in the festival are going to open in theaters soon enough. Look for what’s not so obvious. That’s where you’ll find unexpected pleasures.
As Election Day approaches, candidates are using the issue of climate change science in the classroom to mobilize their bases. This is especially true in Wyoming, because with just over half a million residents, elections are generally decided by just a handful of votes.