Westmoreland’s Rosebud Mine heads to the auction block

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:The lone source of coal for the Colstrip power plant has been scheduled for bankruptcy auction in late January.Rosebud Mine will be auctioned Jan. 22, if necessary, to help pay the debts of Westmoreland Coal Co., which owns the mine. The United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas on Thursday set terms for the auction, which the Colorado-based coal company had requested in October.Westmoreland did not respond to interview requests Friday by Lee Montana Newspapers. The company filed for bankruptcy Oct. 8, indicating that it had more than $1.4 billion in debt and assets of $770 million.Montana’s state government is in the process of approving a 10-square mile expansion of Rosebud Mine, not knowing who the actual developer might be after a sale. This week, Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council asked the state Department of Environmental Quality to stop the permitting process at least until the developer is identified. Northern Plains earlier in the week also identified more than 50 springs it said would be destroyed by the mine expansion.The auction comes as the four-unit Colstrip power plant’s contract for Rosebud Mine coal winds down. The current agreement guarantees coal at least through 2019. Four utilities with 70 percent ownership in Colstrip Units 3 and 4 have expressed concern about not having coal if a buyer of Westmoreland’s assets opts to mine coal at Rosebud, or not mine enough to feed Units 3 and 4.More: Bankruptcy auction set for Rosebud Mine, sole supplier of coal to Colstrip Westmoreland’s Rosebud Mine heads to the auction blocklast_img read more

Massapequa Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 35-year-old Massapequa man was killed when he crashed his car on the Southern State Parkway in Lindenhurst on Monday night.New York State police said Frank Schaefer was driving alone in a Subaru Impreza eastbound when he lost control and struck a tree on the right shoulder east of Straight Path, exit 36,   at 10:36 p.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead shortly later.last_img

Ebola strikes Congo again

first_img Nov 21 CIDRAP News story “Researchers report new species of deadly Ebola virus” Meanwhile, MSF said in a Dec 25 report that suspected cases have been reported since Nov 27. The group said nine of its Ebola specialists from Kinshasa and Brussels are working in Western Kasai province. MSF said an isolation ward is being built in the village of Kampungu and that the group’s doctors are treating suspected patients and identifying those who may have been in contact with people who had or have the virus. Dec 25 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_12_26a/en/index.html See also: CDC background information about Ebola The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a high fatality rate, ranging from about 50% to 90%. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hallmarks of Ebola infection include internal and external bleeding, and there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Dec 23 FAO statement The DRC’s last Ebola outbreak, in September 2007, also hit West Kasai province and also featured Shigella infections in some patients, according to previous reports. Seventeen cases and six deaths were reported in that outbreak. A spokesman from the medical aid group Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) said that two more people have died of suspected Ebola infections, raising the number of deaths possibly caused by Ebola to 11, according to a report today from Agence France-Presse. WHO experts are assisting the DRC’s health ministry with the outbreak investigation and response at ministry headquarters and in the field, the WHO said. The agency said it has sent additional staff and supplies to the area, and a team of national and international experts has been sent to help control the outbreak. Based on reports from the DRC’s health ministry, the WHO said in a Dec 26 statement that the outbreak was detected in Mweka district in Kasai Occidental (West Kasai) province and that a laboratory in Franceville, Gabon, confirmed the Ebola virus in samples from two of the patients. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told CIDRAP News that the two patients with confirmed infections are still alive. Dec 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that involves 34 suspected cases, with at least 9 deaths.center_img Editor’s note: This story was revised Dec 30 to make clear that as of Dec 29, only two cases in the outbreak had been confirmed as Ebola. During the DRC’s 2007 outbreak the government confirmed 17 cases, down from 25 it reported earlier, and initial reports during that outbreak mentioned as many as 395 suspected Ebola cases.  Some of the suspected patients had other diseases, including shigellosis. Nov 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Congo says Ebola outbreak is contained” The WHO said it hasn’t received any reports that suggest international spread of the disease, and it advised countries not to impose travel or trade restrictions on the DRC. In other developments, government officials in the Philippines recently asked the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the WHO to send experts to help investigate the detection of the Ebola Reston virus in pigs, according to a Dec 23 statement from the FAO. The WHO said a lab in Kinshasa also confirmed Shigella (bacterial) infections, but the agency did not say how many. In early December the FAO announced that researchers had discovered the Ebola virus for the first time in pigs while investigating outbreaks of porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome (PRRS) at several Philippine swine producers. The Reston subtype can sicken monkeys, but it does not appear to clinically infect humans. Dec 25 MSF statementhttp://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=3275 In late 2007, researchers investigating an Ebola outbreak in Uganda, the DRC’s neighbor to the east, identified a new Ebola subtype: Bundibugyo. Initial findings suggested that the case-fatality rate for Ebola Bundibugyo was about 36%, lower than that of the Zaire (80% to 90%) or Sudan (50% to 55%) subtypes, according to previous reports. Sep 11, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Ebola outbreak confirmed in Congo” From the number of suspected cases and deaths in the ongoing outbreak, the WHO said the case-fatality rate is 26%. The agency said that additional samples have been sent to the lab in Kinshasa. The statement did not say which Ebola subtype had sickened people in the outbreak.last_img read more

Performance Auto continues IMCA state championship award program

first_imgThe Fargo, N.D., high performance parts retailer and second-year sponsor will give $50 gift certificates to all IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact state champions crowned in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. “State championships in the upper Midwest are hard-earned and Performance Auto has once again stepped up to reward those drivers,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We look forward to presenting these awards at our national banquet and seeing the culmination of a great season.” Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. FARGO, N.D.  – Performance Auto has renewed an awards program for state champions in IMCA’s North Central Region. Information about the Performance Auto product line is available by calling 800 373-4641, at the www.shopperformanceauto.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more