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Alan Jorgensen, manager of health and safety for Colowyo Coal Co., stands beside a dragline scoop May 12 at Colowyo. The scoop holds up to 60 cubic yards of rock and coal and is suspended by four-and-a-half-inch thick cables.

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‘The life blood’

Relationship between Moffat County and the coal industry runs deep

Retired coal miner and Craig resident Don Laib spent 29 years working for Trapper Mining Co. in Craig. He takes pride in that fact. “I look up at the mine and I realize where I used to work,” he said. “It’s 20 below zero and it’s snowing and it’s cold. I see that, and I think about the guys that are up there working. “I care about them. I care about their safety.”


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