Paul Bonnifield: Local effects of mine |

Paul Bonnifield: Local effects of mine

The three articles in the June 11 edition of the Today were sobering to say the least. The loss of 250 jobs at the Twentymile Mine will be a heavy blow to the individual miners and their families. It will also impact the schools, fire districts, road maintenance and much more.

Businesses in Steamboat and other parts of the county that serve the mine will face some hard times. This isn’t just a temporary loss that will be corrected in a few weeks or months. It is real bad news.

All I know about the revamping of the environmental assessment at Colowyo is what I read in the paper, but that sounds like the mine is on the brink of a major disaster. Tie both the loss of jobs at Twentymile Mine with the possible closing of Colowyo, and all of northwestern Colorado is in for some hard economic times and human problems.

Over the past few years, funds and programs have been radically cut that assist workers, families, business and communities when faced with a disaster as large as we now face. The county and cities are going to be faced with limited resources to help the families in need and spending the resources on a controversial URA makes little sense.

Paul Bonnifield

Yampa, Colorado

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