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Avista’s Jason Thackston, senior vice president for energy resources, left, and Darrell Soyars, manager of corporate environmental compliance, photograph the chain attached to the dragline bucket during a tour of the Rosebud Mine on Jan. 4. Each link is about 2 feet long, 16 inches wide and 4 inches thick, and weighs about 255 pounds.

Kathy Plonka