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First Published Oct 11 2012 05:58 pm • Last Updated Oct 11 2012 05:59 pm

Dugout mine gets

award for safety

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The Dugout Canyon coal mine in Carbon County has won a National Mining Association "Sentinels of Safety" award for having one of the nation’s top records in 2011. The mine, operated by Arch Coal subsidiary Canyon Fuel, recorded almost 450,000 hours of work time without a lost-time incident. It has not had a reportable safety incident since May 2010.

Cameron to build

Maverik stations

Utah’s Cameron Construction has been awarded a contract to construct three Maverik Country Stores. The first will be built in Delta, Colo., and the other two in Minden and Sparks, Nev. The company recently completed two Maverik locations in Utah — one in Pleasant Grove and the other in West Valley City.

Jobless benefit

claims tumble

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The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. Unemployment benefit applications are a proxy for layoffs. When they consistently drop below 375,000, it suggests hiring is strong enough to lower the unemployment rate.

Trade deficit

up in August

The U.S. trade deficit widened in August from July as exports fell to the lowest level in six months. The deficit grew 4.1 percent, to $44.2 billion, the biggest gap since May, the Commerce Department said. A wider trade deficit acts as a drag on growth. It typically means the U.S. is earning less on overseas sales of American-produced goods, while spending more on imports.

Alaska Air makes

big Boeing buy

Alaska Airlines plans to buy 50 new Boeing 737s in a deal worth $5 billion that will increase its fleet by nearly half. It is the largest-ever order for Alaska Air and includes 37 of Boeing’s redesigned 737, which it calls the Max. Alaska Air operates a fleet of 120 737s.

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