Gov. Otter Closely Monitoring Mine Rescue - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gov. Otter Closely Monitoring Mine Rescue

MULLAN, Idaho - As rescue crews continue to dig their way through debris and rock in the Lucky Friday Mine trying to reach Larry Marek Governor Otter is closely monitoring the situation back in Boise.

On Thursday Otter postponed a planned "Capitol for a Day" event scheduled for next Wednesday in Mullan. He said the mayor and Hecla officials recommended postponing the event until the rescue is over.

A statement released by the governor's office says, "We want to express our deepest concerns that the miner will be rescued. Our thoughts and prayers are with the miner's family and community. We have offered any support necessary in the rescue effort."

Governor Otter hasn't spoke directly to the family yet, but says he hopes to do so when the time is appropriate. He doesn't plan to take a trip to the mine at this time because he doesn't want to be a distraction.

Meanwhile Governor Otter has been in daily communication with community leaders and Hecla mining officials. He has offered any support necessary, but to this point they haven't had any requests.

Governor Otter plans to reschedule the "Capitol for a Day" event later next month. His hope is that it will be after Larry Marek is found alive and reunited with his family. He says he would love to meet Marek at the event.

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