Closing Crandall Canyon

Christopher Smart, SLC Tribune, writes in touching detail of a prayer ceremony….

High in the Manti-La Sal Forest, a golden eagle soared into the winds Friday afternoon bearing prayers for the victims of the Crandall Canyon mine disaster.golden-eagle-jerry-kent.jpg

A golden eagle has 7,000 feathers, and Paiute lore has it the big bird can deliver a prayer to the Great Spirit with each one.

And so, 70 friends and relatives of the six men missing since the Aug. 6 catastrophe – and the three men who died attempting to rescue them – met where The Great Western Trail climbs to 9,800 feet to pray in the eagle ceremony. They laid their hands on the beautiful bird and sent him skyward with their message of love.

As for continuing the search, the spokesman for MSHA (Rich Kulczewski) said, “It’s out of the question for the foreseeable future. We wanted to rescue six miners. That’s what got us all here. We hope that the families can someday recover the bodies. . . . . At this point in time, we’ve run out of options. This was very difficult to tell the families.”

Each borehole revealed rubble, mud, water or some combination of all three but nothing indicating any sign of the six miners trapped 1800 feet within that mountain.

Hope’ is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –


And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops-at all

(emily dickinson)


«No representative from Murray Energy attended Friday’s meeting where the families were informed the search had ended. Calls to Murray Energy & UtahAmerican were not returned Friday.» (SLC Tribune)

1. Top Photo: Jerry Kent

2. Bottom Photo: Snake River Birds of Prey


2 Responses

  1. well, i guess if my enduring last
    vision of the six/nine dead miners
    is that soaring eagle, that will lead
    to a more-evenly-balanced universe. . .

    as to the owners, the federal officials,
    and mr. bush (and his and laura’s patently
    pandering remarks of friday), there will, now,
    i hope, “come the fire. . .”

    the fire of indignation that when
    people don’t do their jobs, other
    people often die like this. . .

    great coverage, here, LM!

    p e a c e

    — nolo, out.

  2. I saw the eagle thing. That really got to me.

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