In the News


October 27th 2016: We won again! The District Court once again rules in our favor after Usibelli filed a motion to amend the district court’s judgement made last summer. Read the decision here: order-on-mot-to-alter

Judge’s decision halts Valley mine project – an article by Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media, July 8, 2016

“The invalid permits were drafted thirty years ago, and since then millions have been spent on environmental restoration and the neighboring community has blossomed in the meantime, and so now if there is to be new coal mining there has to be a new process to protect the community that exists out there today. ” – Katie Strong, Trustees for Alaska attorney


Coal is our past, not our future…We are currently depending on a system that is finite. We need those resources to develop renewable resources, before we find ourselves without alternative energy to use.           -Jamey Duhamel

DNR rules for Usibelli permits-an article by Brian O’Connor, Frontiersman, June 25, 2015

Healy forum focuses on coal, alternative energy-an article by Kris Capps, News Miner, February 1, 2015

Wishbone Hill Project Draws Lawsuit-a news piece by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA, March 18, 2015

Lawsuit targets federal approval of Mat-Su coal mine permits– an article by Zaz Hollander, ADN, March 19, 2015

Alaska’s DNR ignores the law on Wishbone Hill mine permits– an article by Pete Praetorius, ADN, March 24, 2015

Groups file lawsuit to block coal mine permit– an article by Andrew Wellner, Frontiersman, April 2, 2015


In the big picture, it doesn’t actually matter if all forms are filed correctly. We clearly cannot and should not rely on a government bureaucracy or a profit-driven corporation to protect our health. In taking responsibility for our future, the real question we must consider as a community is: can an open pit coal mine exist in a high-wind area without blanketing people downwind in coal dust, and thereby threatening the health of our families? Based on the fate of other coal mining regions, the answer is no. Coal mining does not coexist with healthy communities.         -Laurel Carlsen

Palmer school kids need clean air to excel– a letter by Helen Woodings, Frontiersman, March 28, 2014

Opposes Wishbone Hill application– a letter by Aimee Chartrand, April 3 2014

Air permit application is misleading– an Op-Ed by Bonnie Zirkle, Frontiersman, April 17, 2014

We need clean air more than power– a letter by George Pletnikoff Jr., Frontiersman, May 9, 2014

Alaska should encourage new, less-devisive developments, not old coal mines– an Op-Ed by Steve Haycox, ADN, May 15, 2014

Not willing to be exploited by multinational corporations– a letter by Judy Donegan, Frontiersman, May 24, 2014

Coal miners short on statistics– a letter by Eric Booton, ADN, May 31, 2014

Alaskans shouldn’t be blindfolded by pro-coal arguments– a letter by Liz Allard, ADN, June 3, 2014

Time for new energy alternatives, a letter by Robin Nelson, Frontiersman, June 13, 2014

Keep the Valley a healthy place– a letter by Lorraine Krueger, Frontiersman, June 16, 2014

Isn’t it DEC’s obligation to protect the health of Alaskans?, a letter by Cathy Teich, June 24, 2014

Permits don’t make Wishbone Hill coal mine a good idea, compass by Laurel Carlsen, June 30, 2014


Together, we can keep our community strong, prosperous, thriving and healthy, and we don’t need coal to do it. The pristine beauty of our Valley, our clean water and abundant wildlife, our local farms and recreational opportunities, and the wealth of talent of our people counts for much more than temporary profits for the few and the enduring damage that can be wrought by coal development.             -Rita Campbell

Coal has proven to be overwhelmingly harmful – a letter by Rita Campbell, Frontiersman, March 28, 2013

Riversdale Notice to Community – June 3, 2013

 Is this the future we want for our community? – a letter by Dan Heynen, Frontiersman, July 20, 2013

Is it just a game for politicians? – a letter by Carol Neuerman, Frontiersman, July 27, 2013


This goes out to all Alaskans: please do not let this company destroy our wilderness and way of life here in the Valley. This affects every single Alaskan. If this strip mine is allowed here in Chickaloon, what will prevent it from taking over other areas?             -Mike Craig

Federal Review Questions Wishbone Hill Mining Permits – news article, Frontiersman, July 24, 2012

Government Breaks Its Promise – a letter by Donna Braendel, Frontiersman, July 23, 2012

Coal Miner Slows Sutton Project– news article, Frontiersman, July 19, 2012

Message to Mines: Go Away – a letter by Lisa Rae Stevenson, Frontiersman, July 16,2012

State Taking Road Less Traveled– Editorial by Frontiersman Staff, Frontiersman, July 14, 2012

State, Landowner Reach Impasse Over Road – news article, Frontiersman, July 14, 2012

Tons of Reasons Not to Mine Coal – a letter by Craig Baer, Frontiersman, July 12,2012

Stand Up Before There is Nothing Left to Lose – a letter from Lisa Rae Stevenson, Frontirsman July 5, 2012

Riversdale Coal Rips Apart Community – a Spectrum piece by Allie Barker, Frontiersman July 2,2012

More Than a Temporary Inconvenience – a letter from Lisa Rae Stevenson, Frontiersman, June 28,2012

State Selling Out to Corporations – a letter from Malea and Thomas Roed, Frontiersman, June 28,2012

Our health and welfare are unimportant – a letter from Krista Maciolek, Frontiersman, June 28, 2012

Doctors, Nurses ask state for full review of mine impacts –  Frontiersman, June 18, 2012

Don’t Destroy Alaska for Coal’s Sake – a letter from Mike Craig –  Frontiersman, June 4, 2012