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Carbon County News Briefs

MHSA's preliminary reports confirm fatality at Co-op mine near Huntington

Preliminary reports issued on Dec. 12 by Bill Knepp from the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration office in Denver, Colo., confirmed that a man had been killed in a fatal accident near the Co-op coal production operation in Huntington Canyon.

According to federal officials, the fatal accident reportedly occurred when loading machinery trapped the unidentified male victim between a truck and coal hauler near the mine entrance.

Representatives from MSHA are currently at the accident scene and will continue to investigate the cause of the Dec. 12 fatal incident, indicated Knepp.

West Ridge resumes production, miners return to work at UtahAmerican facility

The West Ridge mine, which was idled during the first weekend in December, has resumed full production.

The employees affected by the idling of the mine returned to work on Dec. 5, according to Rob Murray, vice president for UtahAmerican Energy.

Murray reported that the West Ridge was idled due to geological conditions and the mining of high ash coal.

However, the Intermountain Power Agency was willing to purchase and accept deliveries of the high ash coal that is currently being produced at West Ridge.

IPA is half owner of the mining operation and West Ridge's largest customer.

Griswold competition coming to Price residents, businesses for holiday season

Residents and businesses within the Price city limits will be eligible for judging in the fifth annual Griswold Holiday Lighting contest.

Areas within Price city will be split into sections for judging in the competition.

Individuals judging the contest will assess the following areas: uniform theme, originality, festive and most effective use of light.

Judging will take place during the week of Dec. 11 to Dec. 18.

Local winners of the 2008 holiday lighting competition will be announced on Dec. 20.

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