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Navajo, Hopi tribes get funding to ease coal plant shutdown

PAGE, Ariz. – The federal government is awarding nearly $420,000 to the Navajo and Hopi tribes to prepare for the closure of a coal-fired power plant and mine. The Navajo Generating Station in Page...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Few details after deadline for coal plant ownership interest

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A coal mining company looking to save the Arizona power plant it feeds from closure says it’s making progress in the search for new owners. But few details came with a deadline...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Integrating solar tough economically for La Plata Electric

While solar is a popular way for residents to go green, La Plata Electric Association loses money on each household that can rely 100 percent on solar panels. A presentation Tuesday on the...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal CEO expected Trump help, but administration said no

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

King II Coal Mine expansion proposal splits crowd

An open house Tuesday at the Breen Community Building focused on the expansion of a coal mine west of Durango drew ardent supporters and skeptics. The GCC Energy King II Coal Mine 20 miles west of...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public comment opens for future of King II coal mine

La Plata County’s only operating coal mine is set to run out of reserves in about two years, prompting the company to ask for an expansion of 950 acres of underground workings about 20 miles west...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal royalty program changes frozen

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States,...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Montezuma commissioners endorse King II coal mine expansion

The Montezuma County Commission supports a proposed expansion of the King II coal mine near Hesperus. In a Jan. 23 letter, commissioners urged the Bureau of Land Management to approve the 952-acre...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Resolution to end stream protection rule heads to Trump’s desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to approve a joint resolution disapproving of the stream protection rule. The Interior Department’s rule barred coal mining companies from dumping...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County wants water, alternative routes considered in proposed mine expansion

La Plata County officials want robust water monitoring and pressure taken off County Road 120 as federal agencies analyze the King II coal mine’s expansion plans. The Bureau of Land Management and...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Additional environmental study planned for Hesperus coal mine expansion

Federal agencies announced this month that they will conduct additional environmental analyses of a Hesperus coal mine’s expansion plans. GCC Energy , which owns the King II coal mine, wants to...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation faces possible plant, mine closure

PAGE, Ariz. – Communities on the Navajo Nation are bracing for the economic fallout from the possible shutdown of a coal-fired power plant. Closing the Navajo Generating Station and a coal mine...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News