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Colorado coal town grapples with future as plant shuts down


January 19, 2022

CRAIG, Colorado (AP) — In a quiet valley tucked away from Colorado's bustling ski resorts, far from his hometown in northern Mexico, Trinidad Loya found a way to support his family's American dream: Coal.

He, his son and grandson — all named Trinidad Loya —worked for the coal plant in Craig, Colorado, with the eldest Loya starting more than 30 years ago. The plant currently employs 180 people, paying higher salaries and bringing far more job security than most other jobs in the area.

But that's all about to change.

The coal plant is closing, along with the mine that feeds it and has n...

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