A Message From the President: June 2022

    The 124th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition is “in the books”! Our first conference in Grand Junction was huge success if not “hot” (when we left Grand Junction, the temperature measured 102 degrees).

    John Marshall, President of Colorado Mesa University welcomed the CMA membership at the “I Dig Mining Welcome Reception” following the CMA Board Meeting Wednesday evening. We were also pleased to have Heidi Ganahl, candidate for Governor, Representative John Soper from Delta County, and Senator Don Coram, candidate for U.S. House in attendance. The facilities at Colorado Mesa University were optimal for our meeting and we were pleasantly surprised by the Hotel Maverick; we recommend it if you travel to the western slope.

    A big thank you to all the exhibitors, sponsors and speakers who supported the conference, and all our members who had the chance to stop by to visit. Your support of the conference is vital. We hope our attendees found the conference program to be relevant and timely to today’s issues in mining.

    Senator Don Coram with Nicki Poulos from West Elk Mine.

    Congratulations to West Elk Mine for receiving the CMA Environmental Stewardship Award for their outstanding efforts, as well as all the recipients of the joint CMA/DRMS awards for reclamation and safety.

    CMA also honored Kathy Welt, who recently retired, with the newly created CMA President’s Award recognizing significant service to CMA.

    Please mark your calendar for the joint CMA/SME conference, MINEXCHANGE, taking place February 26-March 1, 2023, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.