A state board this week upheld an order barring further road-building or other surface-disturbing activities by the West Elk Mine in the Sunset Roadless Area of the Gunnison National Forest in the upper North Fork Valley.

The Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board voted to uphold the June cessation order by the state Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety against the coal mine. The mine is owned by Mountain Coal, a subsidiary of Arch Resources, which recently changed its name from Arch Coal.