Kemmerer and Diamondville, combined population 3,500, are quiet, out-of-the-way towns, but their coal mine and power plant have for generations provided a foundation of good-paying jobs.

Now, retired miners have lost the health benefits they worked decades for. An outside buyer has moved in, but without promises of long-term stability. And all the while, the market for coal – the community's lifeblood – continues to narrow. 

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