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Confluence Energy co-owner Mark Mathis has been stockpiling lodgepole pines this winter at a piece of property in Kremmling, where he is building a wood pellet production facility. Mathis is hopeful the new plant will be turning the beetle-killed timber into pellets once it is finished in four weeks.

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Patches of lodgepole pine have been harvested for building materials or firewood for three generations on Jim Ritschard's ranch in Kremmling.

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