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Cantafio receives Republican award

Steamboat Springs attorney Ralph A. Cantafio recently received an award from the National Republican Congressional Committee and was named to one of its sub-committees.

House Majority Whip Tom DeLay presented Cantafio the Republican committee's "National Leadership Award" in recognition of his commitment to Republican ideals and the cause of tax reduction and reform.

Cantafio has also been named to serve on the committee's Business Advisory Council, representing Colorado.

The Business Advisory Council is intended to ensure small business has a voice in Washington and that top business people have a an active role in the process of government reform.

Coal company looks at Utah plant

RAG American Coal Holding, Inc., the parent company of Twentymile Coal Company in Routt County, has entered into discussions to sell some of its assets at a mine in Carbon County, Utah.

RAG says its subsidiary, Plateau Mining Corporation, has entered into an agreement with Amwest Exploration Company to allow the latter to study the feasibility of acquiring some of the assets of Willow Creek Mine near the town of Helper, Utah.

Plateau Mining closed the Willow Creek Mine on July 31, 2000, after a mine fire. The Willow Creek Mine had been operated as a longwall mine. The work force was paid severance and the mine was inactive.

Recently, four federal coal leases representing a portion of the potential reserves at Willow Creek were relinquished to the Bureau of Land Management.

Amwest, a subsidiary of Arava Natural Resources Co., is studying the feasibility of a relatively small room-and-pillar operation at Willow Creek. It also needs to determine whether coal from the mine can be sold without washing, since it would not be economical to wash coal on the small scale involved in the mining operation the company is contemplating.

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