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The moon rises over a coal silo at the Dry Fork Mine just north of Gillette. (Andrew Graham/WyoFile)

Moonrise in coal country

In Gillette, people point hopefully to the uptick in mining activity as a good sign for the local economy, following a year-long slide.
Travis McNiven (center), who serves on U.S. Sen. John Barrasso's policy staff was among hundreds of people who attended a Friends of Coal rally this week in Casper. Thousands of people who rely on coal mining are impacted by layoffs as three of the nation's largest coal producers reorganize under bankruptcy and face the prospect of a prolonged downturn in the industry. (Tim Kupsick/WyoFile)

The State of Coal

The spectre of coal’s cracking foundation in Wyoming brought hundreds of miners and community leaders to Casper this week to testify before federal officials about the future of the federal coal leasing program.