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Nine Utah Teachers Receive Arch Coal Foundation's Golden Apple Award

PRICE, Utah, May 17, 2012 -- Nine area teachers were presented Golden Apple Achiever Awards today by the Arch Coal Foundation, according to Erwin Sass, general manager of the Dugout Canyon Mine.

Teachers receiving Golden Apple Achiever Awards were:

Paul Allred North Sanpete High School Mt. Pleasant
Camille Carlson Carbon High School Price
Laurel Coburn Manti Elementary Manti
Jessica Jones North Sevier Middle School Salina
Elizabeth Mason Salina Elementary Salina
Josie Roberts Ephraim Elementary Ephraim
AnnaLee Sorensen Creekview Elementary Price
Tara Syme North Sanpete Middle School Moroni
JanaKae Wall Huntington Elementary Huntington

The Arch Coal Foundation's teacher recognition program is available to classroom teachers in Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties. The counties surround the Skyline, Dugout Canyon and Sufco mines operated by Canyon Fuel Company, a subsidiary of major U.S. coal producer Arch Coal, Inc.

The Golden Apple Achiever Awards are part of the Arch Coal Foundation's Teacher Achievement Award program, in which educators are nominated by members of the public and selected by a panel of previous award winners. Golden Apple Award recipients earned "finalist" status in the program, distinguishing them as the top tier of the 2012 nominees along with those ultimately chosen as 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients.

"The Golden Apple Achiever Award is presented to world-class teachers who make us proud of our area and its educators," Sass said. "Excellence in the classroom is the foundation of a strong future, and these teachers are building that foundation every day."

The Arch Coal Foundation honors teachers annually. The public is encouraged to nominate excellent classroom teachers, including past Golden Apple Award winners, for the 2013 Teacher Achievement Award program this fall.

Partners for the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement/Golden Apple Achiever Awards program in Utah include the Office of the Governor, Utah State Office of Education, Utah Education Association, Utah School Superintendents Association, Carbon County School District, Emery County School District, Sevier County School District, North Sanpete School District, South Sanpete School District, AmericanWest Bank, Market Express, radio stations KMTI, KLGL, KMGR, KSVC, KCYQ, KOAL, KARB, KRPX, and both TacoTime and Bookcliff Sales in Price.

The Arch Coal Foundation also is the sponsor of the Utah Education Association's statewide Teaching Excellence Awards.

U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is a top five global coal producer and marketer, and the most diversified American coal company, with more than 20 mining complexes across every major U.S. coal supply basin. In 2011, Arch continued to lead the U.S. coal industry in safety performance and environmental compliance among large, diversified producers. Arch's Canyon Fuel Company is Utah's largest coal producer and a large state employer, with a workforce of more than 750.