Mike Cooley, one of 59 workers laid off from the Decker Coal mine along the Montana-Wyoming border, discusses his future job prospects at his house in Sheridan, Wyo., with his wife and 2-year-old son in the background. Hundreds of millions of tons of coal remain at Decker, in the heart of the nation's largest coal-producing region, but slackening demand prompted its owners to lay off almost half its workers this month.
Mike Cooley, one of 59 workers laid off from the Decker Coal mine along the Montana-Wyoming border, discusses his future job prospects at his house in Sheridan, Wyo., with his wife and 2-year-old son in the background. Hundreds of millions of tons of coal remain at Decker, in the heart of the nation's largest coal-producing region, but slackening demand prompted its owners to lay off almost half its workers this month.
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published Friday, January 25th, 2013
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SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Hundreds of millions of tons of coal, packed into seams up to 60 feet thick, are still to be had beneath the rock-strewn hillsides speckled with snow that rise up along the remote Montana-Wyoming border.

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