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OLD MINE IS SEALED, 67 OTHERS WILL BE, TOO

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The Hidden Treasure Mine near Tooele, where Joshua Dennis was lost for five days, has been closed again.

Meanwhile, 67 abandoned mines along the Wasatch Front are scheduled for closure, in a state project that will begin Monday, Oct. 16. The project will begin along the foothills and work into higher elevations next summer.The rescue of the lost 10-year-old Cub Scout came only hours before the abandoned mine was to be sealed off, becoming his tomb. Fortunately, a local man who knew the mine's interior insisted on one last look, and this time the search was successful.

Sharon Steel Corp., the owners of the Hidden Treasure Mine, sealed the mine with help from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program in the state's Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. Boulders and dirt were used to close off the mine.

"We had previously closed this mine three years ago," said Jim Newcomb, spokesman for Sharon steel. "We were unaware the mine had been opened up until this incident.

The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program plans to work with the Tooele County sheriff to close the most troublesome abandoned mines in the area.