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Crypto mines arise in Campbell County and neighbors have questions

GILLETTE — Gary and Darva Rye looked out their window to a surprise Thursday morning.

On days when the sky is clear, they have a full view of the Big Horn Mountains situated more than 70 miles from their home on Bell Road, just south of Gillette.

But when they looked out toward Highway 50 last week, it wasn’t the mountains that grabbed their attention.

That morning, construction began on a 5200 square-foot cryptocurrency mine, one of at least two crypto mines currently being built in Campbell County.

The mine sits close to Highway 50 south of Bell Road and next to the bone pile electricity sub...