Colstrip Edges Toward Complete Closure by 2027
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1549) 2 months ago
In case you missed it, this article, "Colstrip Edges Toward Complete Closure" written by Tom Lutey, was published in the Billings Gazette on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

http://billingsgazette.co...b9408.html
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1549) 2 months ago
Another article details a settlement agreement with Puget Sound Energy, one of the owners of some units at Colstrip:

"The town of Colstrip could receive a minimum of $10 million to aid economic impact from the closure of two electricity generating units at a coal-fire power plant under a settlement agreement filed Friday with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Attorney General Tim Fox said.

The deal involves units owned by the Washington utility Puget Sound Energy. It was part of an electricity rate case filed in January by Puget Sound Energy, a part owner of all four units at the Colstrip facility, Fox said."

Read more at:

http://www.greatfallstrib...672541001/
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+1549) 2 months ago
Just found another article dated August 1, 2017 from the Governor's office about money for re-training workers:

"Governor Bullock Secures Over $4.6 Million for the Community of Colstrip:
Funding will directly train workers for new jobs in a diversified economy"

http://governor.mt.gov/Ne...f-colstrip
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-138) 2 months ago
Colstrip will make a wonderful retirement community. Once they get natural gas piped there. Water will the be the Big cost. The rest of us will see our electric bills get sky high. The reality is the Colstrip plants are at about at their life cycle. A lot of great jobs while they lasted. But hey, I can get by burning wood and coal for heat. Propane and kerosene lights.Go back to diesl driven irragation pumps, A country boy can survive. But the carbin foot print won't be smaller.
Hummm maybe write a book..Call it WHAT HAPPENED!
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Posted by Bridgier (+7628) 2 months ago
I'm sure it'll make another great compound for whichever flavor of 'sovereign citizen' nabs it.

As for the answer to your last question... I'm going with 'Head Trauma'.
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-138) 2 months ago
Like Hal says Bridgier, You can lead your dotards in the Civil rescue exercise, Should be easy running them off a cliff. Libtards FOLLOW like sheep.
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Posted by Bridgier (+7628) 2 months ago
These personal attacks will make cubby very sad. SAD!
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Posted by Rob Shipley (+392) one month ago
Colstrip,Montana, has been a ble$$ing for Montana since first being opened in 1924 by the Northern Pacific Railroad to obtain coal for its locomotives. I am quite sure it will exist to become well over 100 years old all in all. My mother, Mary Shipley, taught in the Colstrip High School in 1942-1943 before she and Dad moved to Edmonton,Alberta, which was his headquarters as a captain with Northwest Airlines flying from Minneapolis to Seattle and all over Canada and Alaska during WWII. When Dad would have earned time off after fulfilling his monthly flying duty with NWA he would deadhead to Billings and Mom would struggle driving the gravel and mud road from Colstrip to Forsyth and then Billings to pick him up for several days or a week together.
He had a part time job working in the mine as a track management and construction supervisor. He earned the big money, $1.25 per hour. This was OK with them because as a copilot with Northwest in 1943 he was lucky and earned $155.00 per month. I have forgotten over the years what Mom earned as a full time teacher, but, it was surely peanuts compared to today.
Ship did spend some time visiting with the high school boys advising them NOT to go off to war as young as they all were. In order to gain and then keep their trust he had to allow them to talk him into poaching pheasants and grouse with them whenever they could.
During the 1970s and '80s when Colstrip was booming Beacon Carter Service had accounts there with Western Energy and Long Construction These huge companies bought hundreds of tanker loads of diesel fuel from us, hundreds. Beacon Carter Tire Service also had all of their tire business and I remember posting monthly statements in our office many times when Long's tire account exceeded $200,000 per month counting all the truck and scraper tires they bought from us. These were very good times for certain.
The yen may do one thing and our dollar may do some other thing, but, all in all, I believe Colstrip will continue to be a great home for thousands and a wonderful producer for decades yet to come.
Thank you, Rob Shipley
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