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Mon., April 18, 2011, 8:50 a.m.

Lucky Friday Miner Remains Trapped

Hecla Mining Company community affairs representative Mike Dexter, left, and CEO Phil Baker address a crowd Saturday in Mullan. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Item: Silver Valley awaiting news of 53-year-old trapped by cave-in: Concern for miner fills community/Becky Kramer, SR

More Info: By Sunday night, rescue teams had labored for more than two days to free a miner trapped by a cave-in at the Lucky Friday Mine. But they still hadn’t reached Larry “Pete” Marek, pictured. As the hours tick away, concern grows in Idaho’s Silver Valley, where generations of families have worked in the mines. Marek, 53, was trapped more than a mile underground when the ceiling of his work area, or stope, collapsed Friday evening. Marek’s brother – his mining partner – escaped unharmed.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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