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35th Annual Rocky Mountain Miners competition hits Price

Members of the West Elk first aid team compete during the second day of the competition.
Mine rescue competitors work through a very complex set of problems during their event.

By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate reporter

Beginning last Tuesday, June 14, miners from all over the western United States descended upon Price to put their skills to the test at the 35th Annual Rocky Mountain Coal Miners Contest. The competition measures team skills in the mine rescue, benchman, pre-shift and first aid areas, testing both personal wherewithal and team intelligence. This year's contest included: Consol Energy Company's Emery Mine, Twenty Mile Coal Mine, Bridger Coal Company, Oxbow Mining, Blue Mountain Energy's Deserado Mine, Signal Peak Energy, Mountain Coal Company's West Elk Mine, Arch Coal Company's Skyline Mine, Sufco Mine and Dugout Mine, UtahAmerican Energy's Westridge Mine and the Energy West Mining Company.

For as long as there as been a Castle Valley, there have been coal mines within, coal mines which serve as the life blood of this area. The Sun Advocate and the following sponsors would like to take this opportunity to thank the brave men and women who who leave the light of day behind to pull world class bituminous coal from the ground and give fuel to the lights in our homes. Thank You to the miners of Carbon County.

This year's Annual Rocky Mountain Mine Rescue Association Competition results were reported as follows.

Combination:

1st- Energy West Mining Co- Gary Christensen, Bret Tennent, Brad Timothy, Kelly Duke, Brad Reed, Ray Guymon, Robert Hill and Gary Boyd

2nd- Twenty Mile Mining- Jason Vallejos, Chuck Harvey, Brandon Sommers, Brian Spears, Ray Mazzola, Danny Green, Dennis Standridge and Justin Donnel

3rd- Energy West Mining Co- Andy Wall, Corey Bell, Jeff Passarella, Chance Gomez, Adam Rogers, Trent Riley, Dennis Peterson and Keith Barker

Mine Rescue:

1st - Energy West Mining Co- Gary Christensen, Bret Tennent, Brad Timothy, Kelly Duke, Brad Reed, Ray Guymon, Robert Hill and Gary Boyd

2nd- Twenty Mile Mining- Jason Vallejos, Chuck Harvey, Brandon Sommers, Brian Spears, Ray Mazzola, Danny Green, Dennis Standridge and Justin Donnel

3rd- Energy West Mining Co- Andy Wall, Corey Bell, Jeff Passarella, Chance Gomez, Trent Riley Dennis Peterson and Keith Barker

First Aid:

1st- Energy West Mining Co- Gary Christensen, Ray Guymon and Bret Tennent

2nd- Mountain Coal Co LLC- Bill Mazutis, Randy Polson and Ty Odle

3rd- Energy West Mining Co-Andy Wall, Corey Bell and Trent Riley

Preshift:

1st- Energy West Mining Co-Gary Christensen

2nd-Blue Mountain Energy-Jon Hawkins

3rd-Energy West Mining Co-Ray Guymon

Bench:BG4

1st- Twenty Mile Mining-Brandon Sommers

2nd-Energy West Mining Co-Adam Rogers

3rd- Twenty Mile Mining- Jason Vallejos

Novice-Twenty Mile Mining-Justin Donnel

Bench Biopack 240R

1st- Signal Peak Energy- Mike Camp

2nd-Signal Peak Energy- Garrett McFarland

3rd-Signal Peak Energy- Ryan Stahl

Novice- Signal Peak Energy- Sean O'Hayre

Bench Biopack 240S

1st & Novice- Mark Ivie

2nd-Mountain Coal Co LLC- Blaine Brewer

3rd & Novice- Ty Odle




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