Man killed at Kensington Mine to be remembered Tuesday

Joe Tagaban is seen here in this undated photo. The Juneau resident died Wednesday in an accident at Kensington Mine. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday at Juneau Christian Center.

A memorial service has been scheduled for a Juneau man killed in a mining accident.

Joe Tagaban’s memorial service will be held 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Juneau Christian Center, 8001 Glacier Highway. A potluck reception will follow at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, 350 Whittier St.

Tagaban died Wednesday while working at the Kensington Mine, located about 40 miles north of downtown Juneau. A preliminary report by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration indicates Tagaban was near a hole he’d previously drilled. The hole apparently intersected a stope, an open space generally defined as a void left by previous mining activity. There was a blast and rock traveled through the drill hole, striking Tagaban.


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Tagaban’s family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Juneau chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in his name.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report

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