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Tara Leininger waves to a passing car from the middle of Fifth Street in downtown Metaline Falls, Wash., January 23, 2009. She is unsure of the future of the city with the impending closure of the Pend Oreille Mine. Leininger is the mayor of Metaline Falls, the pastor of Metaline Falls Congregational United Church of Christ, and board president at the Cutter Theatre.

Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review