April was a fun month, we had a lot going on. It started with a large round of layoffs with more than 450 coal miners losing their jobs. Baseball started up, we had the democratic caucus, and the community began to emerge from its winter hibernation. Take a look!
One of the first things I learned about Gillette even before I moved here is that Gillette is a coal town. pretty much everything revolves around the coal economy, and if you've been following along, things aren't going so well in that department. At least three coal companies have filed for bankruptcy so far, and in early April more than 450 people were laid off at two of the nations largest mines, both here in Campbell County. We've covered this downturn from a few angles, focusing on the impact to surrounding businesses, as well as the impact on individuals directly affected by layoffs etc.
Here are a handful of photos I've made while working on telling this story.
465 Miners Laid Off
March was a busy month, I traveled to Casper for the state basketball tournament where I tried out some overhead remotes. We had another big feature on the economy (this was BEFORE two big coal companies announced layoffs) and regular daily stuff.
As always, thanks for taking a look!
February felt like it was filled with sports, and not much news. I shot a rodeo, high school and college basketball, high school and youth wrestling, and the high school state swim meet. I managed to get a few other assignments in while bounding from gym to gym to pool though.
Here are some of my favorite images from February.
Welp, looks like I skipped November AND December! New year, new start or something right? This month was a good one, I made what I feel are some of my strongest images since moving to Gillette, so hopefully that trend continues.
Here are a few of my January favorites (I'll throw in a few from November and December at the end since I didn't post any of them yet.)