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Shawn Volquardsen checks the zinc roughers as he performs his duties, January 23, 2009 at the Pend Oreille Mine in Metaline Falls. He will lose his job after the mine closes. He hopes to land another job at a nearby dam or return to school. “My wife’s whole family lives here, and my whole family lives here, so leaving the area is probably not going to be an option. I’ve survived hard times before,” says Volquardson, 33. Volquardson is the control room operator for the Pend Oreille Mine’s milling operation.

Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review