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Ten Utah Teachers Earn 2011 Arch Coal Foundation ‘Golden Apples'

WELLINGTON, Utah (April 29, 2011) -- Ten area classroom teachers are recipients of 2011 Arch Coal Foundation Golden Apple Achiever certificates, according to Erwin Sass, general manager of the Dugout Canyon mine operated by Canyon Fuel Company.

"Each of the Golden Apple recipients scored within three percentage points of the recipients of this year's Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards, the Arch Coal Foundation's highest honor," said Sass. "These results are most certainly noteworthy, and we hope these outstanding teachers are again nominated for the 2012 program."

The 2011 Golden Apple recipients are:

Paul A. Allred North Sanpete High School Mount Pleasant
Jennifer L. Black Sally Mauro Elementary School Helper
Laurel Coburn Manti Elementary School Manti
Levan Hall Lighthouse High School/MHJH Price
Madeline Lee Red Hills Middle School Richfield
Vickie Leo Castle Heights Elementary School Price
Katherine G. Milburn Bruin Point Elementary School Price
Michelle Nielson Richfield High School Richfield
Josefina Roberts Ephraim Elementary School Ephraim
Tara Syme North Sanpete Middle School Moroni


Recipients of achievement awards were announced April 15. Their names are posted on the Arch Coal Web site: www.archcoal.com. Each of the five 2011 recipients received a distinctive trophy, a classroom plaque and a $3,500 personal, cash award.

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

Partners for the program 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, Far West Bank, Market Express, radio stations KMTI, KLGL, KMGR, KSVC, KCYQ, KOAL, KARB, KRPX, and both TacoTime and Bookcliff Sales in Price.

Arch's Canyon Fuel Company is Utah's largest coal producer and a large, state employer, with a workforce of more than 800. U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is one of the world's largest and most efficient coal producers, with more than 160 million tons of coal sold in 2010. Arch's national network of mines supplies cleaner-burning, low-sulfur coal to customers on four continents, including U.S. and international power producers and steel manufacturers.