- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Competition is tight for new contract mining jobs opening up in Colorado’s North Fork Valley.

The Daily Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1jkw4pj ) reported Wednesday that about 250 people have applied for 50 jobs in Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine near Somerset. Kaydee Bartlett of GMS Mine Repair & Maintenance, which is doing the hiring, says that “quite a few” of those applying are miners who worked at Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine in Somerset.

The mine was forced to shut down late last year because of continuing problems from a mine fire there in December 2012.

Arch Coal CEO John Eaves recently said that the West Elk mine is benefiting from a demand for domestic coal in power generation. The mine is operating below capacity but is production is up over recent months.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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