Our View: Layoffs illustrate economic needs

News of layoffs never goes down easy. It’s an unfortunate event we in Sweetwater County have dealt with in the past. So when news broke last week of 700 coal miners and employees in Campbell County being without jobs after Blackjewel suddenly closed the doors on its Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines, we understand what those workers and their families now face. Many of us have been there too.

While Blackjewel may ultimately find a way to reopen the mines, this event couldn’t be a more clear signal to Wyoming’s leaders that they need to find ways of creating a more diverse and stable economic bed...


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