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80 jobs cut at North Fork’s last coal mine

SOMERSET, Colo. (AP) — The last operating coal mine in Colorado’s North Fork Valley is laying off about a quarter of its workers because of declining demand.

Arch Coal, which filed for bankruptcy reorganization in January, announced Thursday that it was cutting 80 jobs at its West Elk Mine near Somerset.

The news follows the permanent closure of Oxbow Mining’s Elk Creek Mine and multiple rounds of layoffs at Bowie Resource Partners’ Bowie No. 2, which has been idled.

Paonia Town Administrator Jane Berry told The Daily Sentinel that the community deeply feels the impact of the layoffs at each mine.

West Elk was the most productive coal mine in Colorado last year, producing more than 5 million tons. However, that was down by more than a million tons from 2014.

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