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Craig businesses hope for busy fall

Colowyo lawsuit ends, consumer confidence climbs

Patrick Kelly

Local businesses are hoping for a busy fall now that Colowyo Coal Mine's 220 jobs have been secured for the foreseeable future.

"We're thinking positive," said Kim Cox, broker associate at Cornerstone Reality.

Cox said she had a busy spring but things slowed down during summer due to the uncertainty created by the court ordered review of the mine. There was still interest in property, she said, but people wanted to wait and see what happened at the mine.

Now, Cox believes individuals who put off their decision over the past few months will come back and make a purchase while interest rates are still low.

"I think it's going to be a busy fall," she said.

Scott Cook, owner of Cook Ford and Cook Chevy, said sales over summer weren't as bad as he expected them to be, but he too is hoping for a busy fall.

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"I hope we have some delayed demand that will come in this fall," he said, explaining that people may have planned to buy a new vehicle over the summer, but put off the purchase because of uncertainty surrounding Colowyo.

Cook said he thinks everyone in Craig has some connection to Colowyo, whether they work at the mine or have a business supported by the mine's jobs.

Owner of Downtown Books, Liane Davis-Kling, said she was worried her business would be shuttered by the job loss because going out to get coffee is not something people on tight budgets do. In situations where other business might just need to lay off a few people, Davis-Kling said she would have to close.

"Two hundred and twenty jobs is going to have a ripple effect on everybody," she said.

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@craigdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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