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Yampa Coal wins prestigious award

Colorado Yampa Coal Co., a northwestern Colorado coal company, has won the U.S. Interior Department Office of Surface Mining's prestigious Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award for outstanding environmental work at its surface mine. The award was presented Nov. 6 in Washington, D.C.

Colorado Yampa Coal is receiving the award for reclamation of the previously-mined surface area of Mine 1 and Eckman Park, which operated from the early 1960s until 1989. The operation, located 23 miles south of Steamboat Springs, produced 44 million tons of coal for electric utilities.

The OSM award recognizes the efforts put forth by the company in regrading and stabilizing the mined lands, and planting native and introduced vegetation to accomplish the approved post-mining land use. Greg Welcher, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources said, "Colorado Yampa is a shining example of the kind of project that makes Colorado great. Coloradans need energy and expect it to be provided in an environmentally sound way. This project proves that we can certainly have both."

BPW schedules dinner meeting

Yampa Valley Business and Professional Women will hold a dinner meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Steamboat Grand. The featured topic will be "Money MattersWomen and Investing" presented by Denise Reid, investment executive of Investment Service at VectraBank. Contact cwv@springsips.com or dawncochridge@hotmail.com to place a reservation.

Lockhart is 'leading lady auctioneer'

Cookie Lockhart was introduced by Ed Greene of Channel 4 as the nation's leading lady auctioneer at the March of Dimes Denver's Star Chefs Charity Event Oct. 24. Twenty of the top restaurants in Denver served food for people, costing $2,000 per table.

Lockhart sold several items including an expensive dinner for nine and an overnight stay at Brown Palace Hotel for $6,000.

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