Coal

Elise Thatcher

More coal miners in the North Fork Valley are being laid off. Oxbow Mining company… owned by part-time Aspen resident and billionaire Bill Koch… laid off more than a hundred employees yesterday at its Elk Creek mine. It makes for a tough start to the holiday season for Paonia and other neighboring communities. And it’s part of a powerful domino effect after fires at the mine early this year disrupted production.

Elise Thatcher

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

Mike Ludlow: “It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us.”