Reaction From Lead Over Homestake
July 12, 2007, 4:26 PM
News that the National Science Foundation selected the old Homestake Gold Mine as its site is news people in Lead have been waiting for.
It was announced over the intercom at this local grocery store. "We got the Lab," was followed by an abundance of cheers.
"Everybody's really excited, they've been wanting this and I think it will do good for the town," says Tanya Ekeren, who works in Lead.
"Its been a very long wait from what I gather, I've only lived here about a year but the reaction is pretty positive," adds Lead resident Erik Bloedel.
But all residents can do is wait and see if this new venture will be similar to the one back when the mine was fully operational.
"I think it will be good for the town of Lead. I am hoping it will bring more people in and then hopefully bring more businesses in to help the area grow," replies Ekeren.
An area that has been negatively affected by the closing of the mine and now hopes to be revived by that same structure that sits above the small city in the hills.
"The town has a great history, it's a shame that nothings been done with it until now," says Bloedel.
Now giving the town a bright future.
The Lab should bring with it a long-lasting boost to the area. Scientists say if experiments reach the 8,000 level below ground, people will be working at the mine for at least the next thirty to fifty years.
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