Attention reader, there is a pandemic sweeping through Arizona and it has nothing to do with pigs.
It’s the growing problem of old mines. According to local authorities, there are over 50,000 old mines in Arizona. I know what you are thinking, that’s a whole lot of grizzled prospectors that done dug a whole lotta holes. We’re screwed, right? Nope.
This recent Arizona Republic headline sums up the best prescription:
Words to live by for sure, I have no doubt. But, both tragic cases of old mine-related deaths cited by the Republic clearly involved people who had absolutely no idea they were anywhere near fucking, old abandoned mines. One unlucky soul was riding an ATV and another one simply TOOK A STEP BACK!
State senator Bob Burns says he is really concerned about this problem BUT — ding ding ding ding — there’s no money in the budget!
I guess the moral of this story is that if you don’t know where old mines are, and you fall in, you are pretty much screwed. Thanks for the breaking news guys.