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Watch “The people behind the power” mining video

Miner&son250Tri-State takes a great deal of pride in the men and women who safely and efficiently operate its mines in Colorado. Take a look at this short video (less than 7 minutes) and learn more about how these miners, their families and the local community business owners view the operations at Tri-State’s coal mines and the important role that they play in helping us keep the lights on for thousands of consumers across the West.

Western Fuels – Colorado mines take top honors for safety, reclamation and innovation

Employees of both the New Horizon and the Colowyo mines can be especially proud of their operations, which received multiple awards and honors last week (April 15-17) at the Colorado Mining Association’s 116th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Both mines are owned and operated by Western Fuels-Colorado, a subsidiary company owned by Tri-State.

New Horizon Mine, which supplies Tri-State’s Nucla Station, was honored for safety, reclamation and environmental practices.

New Horizon Mine, which supplies Tri-State’s Nucla Station, was honored for safety, reclamation and environmental practices.

The National Western Mining Conference attracted nearly 1,000 attendees from throughout the mining industry and 110 exhibitors, including the ‘Keep Electricity Affordable’ campaign booth. The three-day mining event featured industry experts providing their views on the many challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

At the conference, Lee Boughey, senior manager of communications and public affairs, provided a presentation on Tri-State, its subsidiary mining operations and the importance of coal in Tri-State’s energy mix in assuring that the G&T continues to provide affordable power to its member systems.

Both Tri-State and Western Fuels-Colorado served as premiere sponsors of this year’s mining conference. Continue reading ‘Western Fuels – Colorado mines take top honors for safety, reclamation and innovation’

Western Fuels-Colorado recognized with CMA awards

CMA president Stuart Sanderson recognized Colowyo and New Horizon mines during an awards ceremony at the association’s annual meeting.

CMA president Stuart Sanderson recognized Colowyo and New Horizon mines during an awards ceremony at the association’s annual meeting.

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.” Continue reading ‘Western Fuels-Colorado recognized with CMA awards’

Colowyo, New Horizon mines garner awards

The employees of Western Fuels-Colorado (WFC), a 99 percent-owned subsidiary of Tri-State, have plenty to be proud of as recipients of several safety and environmental milestone awards for their operations at the New Horizon Mine near Nucla and the Colowyo Mine north of Meeker.

Both Colowyo (shown) and New Horizon mines received awards for safety and environmental stewardship recently by the Colorado Mining Association.

The awards, presented by the Colorado Mining Association (CMA) last week (March 20-22) at the 114th National Western Mining Conference in Denver, recognized both New Horizon and Colowyo mines for incurring no lost time incidents in 2011. For those distinctions and other safety efforts, the Colowyo Mine was the recipient of CMA’s Safest Surface Coal Mine Award and the New Horizon Mine was lauded for garnering CMA’s Excellence in Safety Award. In addition, both mines received CMA’s Environmental Stewardship Pollution Prevention Program Award for 2011.

The Colowyo Mine was purchased in December 2011 by WFC from Rio Tinto Group. It is the state’s largest surface coal mine, employing a workforce of 249. All the coal produced at this mine – 2.3 million tons a year – is transported by rail to Craig Station. The 1,311-megawatt Tri-State-operated power plant also burns coal mined from the nearby Trapper Mine.

The New Horizon Mine, which is the exclusive fuel supplier to Tri-State’s 100-megawatt Nucla Station, employs 28 WFC personnel. Developed and opened in 1993, this surface coal mine uses dozers, trucks and shovels to extract approximately 400,000 tons of coal a year for the nearby plant. The mined coal is then transported over the road to the plant (about 9 miles) using haul trucks.