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Otter on Marek: ‘A tragic loss’

Gov. Butch Otter has issued this statement in reaction to the recovery of the body of miner Larry “Pete” Marek, who had been missing for more than a week after a cave-in at the Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho:

“With the news of Mr. Marek’s death, we extend our prayers and empathy for the family and the community of friends and co-workers. It is a tragic loss for Idaho’s historic mining community, and a personal loss for family and friends. It also is a stark reminder of the harsh realities that generations of mining families have proudly faced as they made their lives and their livelihoods in the Silver Valley. To everyone involved – the leaders in Mullan, Shoshone County and at Hecla who coordinated rescue and recovery efforts, and the volunteers, neighbors and others who kept vigil for Mr. Marek and his family – First Lady Lori and I offer our sincere sympathy and our heartfelt condolences. We pray they know they are surrounded with love and support during the difficult days ahead.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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