So we’re past Halloween for 2019 and things in Wyoming and Gillette look like winter — and not just in terms of weather.

There are new owners for coal mines but still the question of coal prices and volume mined. There’s a mix of ideas between the hollow pitches of politicians. To move forward takes thought on the part of local cities, counties and people not just waiting for state or federal answers.

Lewis “Lew” Barnum is8retired from Birdi & Associates and living in Gillette. He was a senior project manager and his experience spans military, industrial and transportation sectors, with particular expertisewith aviation and airports.

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