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Celebrate Alaska Mining Day

Posted: May 9, 2013 - 10:07pm  |  Updated: May 10, 2013 - 12:10am

In yesteryears they’ve been called underground savages and muckmen. Simply known as miners today, they’re to thank for the beautiful city and state that we live in — without them, Juneau wouldn’t be what it is today. Enter, Alaska Mining Day.

“It’s commemorative — a day where we can recognize the mining industry in Alaska,” said Deantha Crockett, executive director of the Alaska Miners Association. “It’s a way for us to reflect on what the mining industry has done and continues to do.”

Last month, the Alaska State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, which designates May 10 as “Alaska Mining Day.”

Today is the first ever Alaska Mining Day.

“Because it’s Alaska Mining Day we will be open,” said Gary Gillette president of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society. “In celebration of Alaska mining Day, come visit and learn about the history of Juneau’s gold mines.”

Contact reporter Kenneth Rosen at 523-2250 or at kenneth.rosen@juneauempire.com.

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