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By Dennis Webb
Daily Sentinel 

Western Colorado coal mine still hanging on amid troubles


April 23, 2017

SOMERSET, Colo. (AP) — It's a cloudless early March morning with the sun glistening off new-fallen snow in the upper North Fork Valley.

For the workers producing coal inside the West Elk Mine, however, it's another day of working in the dark underground, under the beams of headlamps and other artificial lights.

Six miles under the earth, things have been looking a little brighter lately for what is now the only coal mine still operating in the valley. The unexpected election of Donald Trump, who promised during his campaign to restore lost coal mine jobs, has raised hopes. Mine owner Arch...

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