Coal Mine Near Paonia Lays Off Nearly 100 Workers

More coal jobs are being cut in Colorado's North Fork Valley with nearly 100 layoffs planned at a mine near Paonia.

The Daily Sentinel reports the operator of the Bowie No. 2 mine announced its plans Tuesday to lay off 78 workers and all of its 19 contractors. The mine currently has 181 full-time employees.

Bowie Resource Partners says the job losses are a result of its suspended underground longwall mining operations. The company is preparing a new longwall panel for mining that is expected to take about a year.

The job cuts come nearly a year after the company lost a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority, which caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs.

The latest layoffs will take effect Nov. 30.