FROM WYOFILE:  Railroad workers who ship coal from northeast Wyoming say a new attendance policy is too demanding and incentivizes train engineer crew members to work sick or fatigued for fear of being fired.  The Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF Railway launched the “Hi-Viz” attendance policy across...
GILLETTE — A group of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway workers demonstrated in Gillette on Tuesday in opposition to a time-off policy change enacted earlier this year that they said created unfair and unsafe working conditions. The group took to the railroad itself that morning, lining up on...
Increased PRB coal production and employment point to ‘strong 2022’ amid overall downturn   By Jake Goodrick Gillette News Record Via Wyoming News Exchange   GILLETTE — Coal production in the Powder River Basin saw growth in 2021 after a significant pandemic-related setback marred the extraction...

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On Tuesday, during the Weston County Commissioners meeting, the issue of whether or not to replace the bridge on Old U.S. Hwy 85 over Burlington Northern Santa Fe lines was discussed. After an initial meeting in the commissioner’s chamber the participants went out to the site of the discussion to look at the bridge in question, and to ask questions of BNSF and Wyoming Department of Transportation representatives, as well as of the commissioners. Afterward the meeting reconvened at the courthouse and the discussion continued, followed by a vote. While at the site of the bridge on U.S. Hwy. 85, crossing the BNSF line, Scott Taylor, WYDOT district engineer, above, answers questions.

Alexis Barker NLJ News Editor   The board of Weston County Commissioners voted unanimously on Feb. 4 to reconsider a motion made on Jan. 19 to remove the Old Highway 85 bridge and move forward with a replacement that was approved in April 2020.  The motion made during the board’s last meeting...
BNSF lays off 130   By Camille Erickson Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange   CASPER — A national railroad freight company announced Thursday it will close two facilities in Wyoming and lay off 130 workers in response to tough market conditions for coal.  BNSF Railway’s Donkey Creek...

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