Coal decline hits fuel's Western stronghold - Article Photos 1/2

This Jan. 16, 2013 photo, Mike Cooley, one of 59 workers laid off from the Decker Coal mine along the Montana-Wyoming border, poses for a photo while discussing his future job prospects at his house in Sheridan, Wyo., with his wife and 2-year-old son, in the background. Hundreds of millions of tons of coal remain at Decker, in the heart of the nation's largest coal-producing region, but slackening demand prompted its owners to lay off almost half its workers this month. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)