Melissa Peterson-Worden visits an old AMAX mining rig near Cam-plex Park on Friday afternoon. She said she understands why Blackjewel employees would be wary about returning to work if the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines were to reopen soon under Blackjewel LLC, but that the community and state need those mines to be operating. That still hasn’t stopped Peterson-Worden from applying for 28 jobs since the shutdown Monday afternoon.

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