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When I was a photojournalist at the Museum of Northern Arizona in the 1970′s, an employment opportunity arose that I hoped would give me new photo experiences.

Dr. Geno Saccomanno, M.D., Ph.D., a pathologist researching an epidemic of lung cancer in uranium miners, based at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado sent field technicians to the uranium mines to collect sputum samples. Our team drove a medical trailer from one mine site to another in four Rocky Mountain States. This health-field experience exposed me to the mining world. Many of our health tests had to be done underground where the miners were in jeopardy of contracting lung cancer if they did not wear their masks to keep out the dust.

In Northern Wyoming, I met a mine demolition expert, Dee Haight. His pet pack rat “George” lived in a nest in the mine’s explosives magazine. Federal regulations prohibited flammable materials in proximity of the explosives. When George and his nest were evicted, the miners were upset. Pack rat photos in my story are original images of Dee Haight’s pet. The mining photos in the glossary were taken when I conducted lung cancer tests underground.

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  1. Kappy Maunder - March 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Your cute little pack rat is a cute little critter. I am picking up a book from Kas Winters. Thanks, KP

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