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CHEYENNE - Cheyenne-based clothing retailer Sierra Trading Post has announced that it is laying off nearly 10 percent of its 830-person work force.

The layoffs will affect about 66 people in Cheyenne, plus 12 employees in Cody and seven in Boise, Idaho.

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Company President Keith Richardson said in a release that the layoffs come amid the worst retail climate in generations. Richardson says retail sales plummeted in the fourth quarter of 2008.

He says it's the first time the company has laid off anyone in 23 years of business.

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