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The city of Gillette is beginning negotiations with telecommunications provider AT&T about a potential new cell tower.

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Energy Capital Economic Development has announced Curtis Burdette as its new vice president of operations.

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Nick Ullrich is setting me up in a generic office at the Gillette College Technical Education Center. Ullrich, a safety instructor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) training program at the college, has been working on creating a new way to train miners for about a year.

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Every year, the city of Gillette and the Gillette News Record team up to host a city holiday lights contest. People can nominate themselves, friends or neighbors. Then, seniors from the Campbell County Senior Center go out and judge the decked-out homes. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler followed along on judging night.

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Campbell County and the city of Gillette want to brand the region as the 'Carbon Valley,' and the local governing bodies are searching to hire a marketing firm to aid in this effort.

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Gillette's Wastewater Treatment Plant is in need of serious upgrades to its 30-year-old-equipment.

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Campbell County's local governments are supporting a project that hopes to bring a new Department of Energy rare earth laboratory to the area.

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Gillette will now be enforcing a new ordinance aiming to reduce the number of potholes in private parking lots. The new law allows the city to fine private property owners, mainly business owners, if they do not fix potholes in parking lots.

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Televangelists Joel and Victoria Osteen will visit Gillette this month to speak with community members about hope following recent coal bankruptcies.

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Gillette Reproductive Health is like any other doctor's office. There are people waiting, a TV is playing, and there are stacks of magazines.

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On a bright morning outside Gillette, Darlene Rea is getting ready to job search. She might visit Sheridan this afternoon. Until two months ago, Rea worked in Blackjewel's warehouse - receiving freight, writing invoices and finding parts. But since the coal company's abrupt bankruptcy, she's been stuck looking for work.

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The Wyoming Council For Women announced the winner of its second annual Woman Entrepreneur Award.

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Pyrotechnics Guild International is a group for people who love fireworks. The organization is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and brought its yearly meet up to Gillette this month. The pyrotechnicians brought some of the biggest fireworks the city has ever seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler has more from Gillette's week of fireworks.

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The Gillette City Council has taken the next steps to expand local athletic fields.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a Campbell County organization a grant aimed at diversifying the economy.

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Campbell County has purchased a piece of land that will soon be home to the area's new visitor center.

The members of Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) are gathered in Gillette this week to celebrate the fireworks trade organization's 50th year. The organization has around 1,600 members.

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Emergency services in Campbell County are employing a new service that allows people to text 911 for emergencies.

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The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies' mobile pantry will be visiting Gillette over the next couple of weeks to support people affected by the recent mine closures.

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Blackjewel employees in Wyoming could soon miss their second payday; it's approaching quickly on July 26. The recently bankrupt coal company has already passed one payday on July 12 since filing for Chapter 11 reorganization on the first of July.

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Campbell County Commissioners have approved an agreement with the city of Gillette that hopes to bring economic diversification to northeast Wyoming.

Rory Wallett stationed in his office since July 1. This is where he's spent most of his time coordinating with workers around the country
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More than a week has passed since Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy and sent home 576 workers. They're still waiting to hear if they're laid off or heading back to work soon. Employees are stuck in limbo, but many are not struggling to keep busy.

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The laid-off employees of bankrupt Blackjewel mining are filing a class-action lawsuit against the company.

Informational session held for former Blackjewel employees
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Former Blackjewel workers still have health insurance. Twenty to 30 percent of dislocated employees have found new jobs. Not all mine customers have abandoned Blackjewel. That's the good news coming from Brandy Elder, Blackjewel's Human Resources manager, at an information session in Gillette on Monday.

Since 4 p.m. yesterday, Gillette's Wyoming Workforce Center has seen 160 people visit from Blackjewel. This morning, the center opened up early and still had people lined up at the door. The West Virginia coal company Blackjewel LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday and has since closed the doors to its mines due to a lack of cash.

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On a sunny and warm Friday in Northeast Wyoming, Levi Jensen and I drove east on Highway 51 out of Gillette.

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A $7.5 million competition to develop products out of carbon dioxide is less than a year away from its final stage. The NRG Cosia Carbon XPRIZE competition will take place at the Integrated Test Center outside of Gillette. Five teams are nearing the point where they can set up operations. Wyoming Public Radio's Cooper McKim speaks with Marcius Extavour about how teams are progressing and what's still to come.

A few of the many letters requesting an equity committee on Cloud Peak's court docket
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More than 300 individuals who own stock in Cloud Peak Energy are looking for a seat at the table in the coal giant’s bankruptcy. Together, the group owns more than 24 percent of Cloud Peak's stock. The shareholders are asking the court to appoint an equity committee to represent their interests.

These ratios for Cloud Peak's mines are not only high, but Cordero Rojo's get's increasingly higher. The higher the ratio, the more dirt is necessary to remove before reaching coal.
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Cloud Peak followed up its Friday bankruptcy filing with insight on what's been going on behind the scenes. Like many assumed, the Gillette-based coal giant did seek out buyers. The company had international investment bank J.P. Morgan lead the search. 

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A struggling Powder River Basin coal company has put off two interest payments again. It will be the fourth extension. One is for debt due in 2021 and the other for 2024. Cloud Peak Energy negotiated with debt holders to put off paying until May 10. Past extensions have lasted a month, two weeks and one week.

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