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  1. Gary Canning

    Caballo Mts. Nm

    From front page of the Sierra County Sentinel Newspaper by Frances Luna. “First responders were called to a mining site in the Caballo Mountains on Monday, June 22, when a tunnel collapsed burying an 81-year-old Albuquerque man from the waist up. New Mexico State Police report that Lewis C. Jameson of Albuquerque, along with is friend of 30 years, William White, also of Albuquerque, were working on their gold claim in the Caballo Mountains that morning when the tunnel collapsed. White told State Police investigators that Jameson had climbed down about 30 feet into a vertical tunnel and was working on digging a tunnel to another vertical tunnel that had been abandoned and covered up years ago. White said he was on the surface when he heard the collapse and climbed down to help his friend. White realized that he was unable to move the earth that had covered his friend’s upper chest area. White said he spoke with his friend for about five minutes, according to police, and then went to call for help. Jameson, however, later suffocated. State Police said that White told them he and Jameson walked and exercised daily to stay in shape to be able to mine and stay physically fit. Through the use of a tripod by first responders, Jameson’s body was eventually pulled from the collapsed mining tunnel.”