A day before a Friday deadline to make a $1.8 million interest payment on its debt and amid widespread speculation Cloud Peak Energy Corp. will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Gillette-based coal miner has paid more than $600,000 owed Campbell County for its 2018 property taxes.

The company took a check for $617,466.86 to the county Thursday morning, but still has $8.3 million in ad valorem taxes on coal produced in 2018 due by the end of the day Friday, said Campbell County Commissioner Mark Christensen.

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