August 31, 2010
Matt Winey, Craig resident and Twentymile Coal Co. shift foreman, testifies in front of members of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Monday in Grand Junction. Hundreds of Northwest Colorado coal miners attended the meeting, which allowed for public comment on Xcel’s emission reduction plans pursuant to Colorado House Bill 10-1365, also known as the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act.
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GRAND JUNCTION — When Craig resident Matt Winey’s name was called on a speaker system Monday night in Grand Junction, he was met with applause, whistling and shouts of encouragement from the audience. Winey, a shift foreman for Twentymile Coal Co., located east of Craig, knew why he received the applause. “You might wonder why I got all the applause,” he said speaking to a crowd of hundreds. “It’s (because) I’m just one of the coal miners here. I’m one of the ones … afraid this bill is going to do away with my job.”