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Work Resumes At Lucky Friday Mine

The Lucky Friday Mine is back in operation, Hecla Mining Co. officials said today.  The underground silver mine near Mullan was closed for nearly two weeks following a fatal accident at the mine. Larry “Pete” Marek, 53, was killed in a roof fall at the mine. The accident is under investigation by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration/Becky Kramer, SR.

Question: Have you ever been in a mine? And/or: Could you go back underground after the tragedy at the Lucky Friday Mine earlier this month?

AM: Hundreds Recall Miner Marek

Linda Miller sister-in-law of Larry”Pete” Marek hugs an attendee of Marek's memorial service at Kellogg High School on Thursday in Kellogg. Marek died April 15 after a roof collaps at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Hecla Rescue Operations Hit Snag

Mining Company community affairs representative Mike Dexter, left ,and CEO Phil Baker addresses a crowd of about 35 people at Mullan City Hall in Mullan to give updates on the trapped miner on Saturday. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Federal mine safety officials ordered the current rescue operation under way at the Lucky Friday mine suspended due to unstable ground conditions. Instead, rescue operations for a miner trapped in a cave-in Friday will commence from another part of the Mullan, Idaho mine, requiring 225 feet of digging. It’s unknown whether the miner, Larry “Pete” Marek, survived the rockfall, but if he did, he could be trapped behind the massive rock pile. There has been no communication with Marek since the incident on Friday evening/Spokesman-Review.

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.


Missing Lucky Friday Miner Identified

Lucky Friday miner, Brad Sala, of Mullan holds his 8 month-old-son Cael Sala during the press conference at Mullan City Hall today. One miner is still trapped in the mine after a cave in. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Community members and media accounts have confirmed the identity of the miner trapped more than a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine. Larry “Pete” Marek, a longtime Silver Valley miner, has been the subject of an intense rescue effort since a collapse at the mine Friday evening. Company officials continued to call their efforts a rescue operation nearly 24 hours after the roof of a tunnel where the miner was extracting silver-bearing ore collapsed.“We’re doing everything we can to reach the employee,” said Phillips Baker, Hecla’s chief executive officer. “Our current focus in 100 percent on the rescue of the employee and to ensure the safety of the rescue team”/Becky Kramer & John Stucke, SR. More here.

Update: Special digging machine arrives in Mullan to aid search for missing miner/Spokesman-Review

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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