NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Progress is being made on abandoned mines on state lands. Work is now complete on abandoned mines surrounding Cooke’s Peak, north of Demming.
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Four contractors were hired for six phases of work starting in 2014. Altogether, 300 dangerous mine openings were addressed.
A steel gate was constructed at the entrance of the mine to help preserve the wildlife that has made the land their home. The project was funded by a grant from the Bureau of Land Management and a grant from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund.