Contura agrees to buy back Wyoming mines

Wednesday wasn’t a good day for Melissa Peterson-Worden.

Like nearly 600 of her Blackjewel LLC coworkers locked out of the Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte mines in Campbell County since July 1, she’s spent the last three weeks hoping she’ll be called back to work while applying for new jobs.

Down to the last $432 in her bank account, Peterson-Worden got two rejection letters from potential employers Wednesday and said feelings of despair had started to creep into her outlook for the near future.