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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.


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


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Howdy All!


I've heard the Caballo Mountains near Hatch, New Mexico are extremely rich in gold.  In fact, it's where Willie Doughit found the legendary treasure of the Bandit Priest.  He was 18 years old when he was knocking down an old, adobe shack and he found an ancient map hidden within one of its walls.  Later, he used the map to uncover the rich treasure.  I found a video on a website titled: "The Gold House", where he talks about how he and his partner Buster had sold a bunch of gold and they tried to hop a freight train to Brownsville, TX.  Unfortunately, his friend was intoxicated and he fell from the train.  Willie said his partner had lost both of his legs and he eventually died in the hospital.  So I can see how two treasure hunters would take unnecessary chances to uncover a rich cache of gold.   Sadly, in this recent attempt, one man lost his life.  At least he died doing what he loved and not from the dreary, every day routine of trying to survive in a stagnant economy, working an under paid job, you probably hate, to gain that all mighty sawbuck.  After all, it's always been said that "Gold Carries A Curse". 


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