The Colorado Mining Association (CMA) held its 115th National Western Conference Feb. 24-27 in conjunction with the 2013 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) annual meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
The four-day event drew 7,000 registrants from around the world and featured continuing education courses, field trips to area mines, 600 exhibitors, student activities and competitions, awards presentations and more.
Several of those awards were presented to mines owned and managed by Western Fuels-Colorado, a Tri-State subsidiary.
Colowyo Mine in Moffat County was honored with the award for outstanding reclamation at the CMA Environmental Stewardship Awards banquet. CMA noted that Colowyo has set a standard for excellence for ongoing reclamation efforts and innovative topsoil replacement techniques.
New Horizon Mine in Montrose County received top honors at the CMA Safety Awards program. The mine has a record of zero injuries resulting in time lost since Sept. 10, 2010. Stuart Sanderson, CMA president, told the award winners, “You exemplify the very best in safety achievement.”
Doug Pearce, production supervisor at Colowyo Mine, received an individual safety award for working more than 30 years without a lost time accident. Several of Tri-State’s directors who also serve on the Western Fuels-Colorado board were on hand to offer congratulations to Pearce.
In addition, both Colowyo and New Horizon mines received the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Pollution Prevention Program Award.
CMA was founded in 1876 and today is comprised of more than 900 members that include producers of coal, metals and other minerals throughout Colorado and the West. The association is headquartered in Denver and serves as the representative organization for the mining industry in Colorado.