May 24, 2010
Kraig Copeland, a blaster for Trapper Mining Co., checks the “Molly Brown” dragline to ensure the area is cleared before detonating a blast May 14 at Trapper. The walking dragline rotates 360 degrees on a center pin, weighs 9 million pounds and has a 315-feet boom.
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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.”