Blast technicians Brian Dunn, left, and Bruce Krajewski connect all the blast holes using Loggers at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Cortez Hills, Nev., open pit. At Cortez Hills, the crews “shoot” or ... more 
Blast technicians Brian Dunn, left, and Bruce Krajewski connect all the blast holes using Loggers at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Cortez Hills, Nev., open pit. At Cortez Hills, the crews “shoot” or blast 40-foot benches and mine 40-foot benches, blast technician Travis Cummins said. The benches at the mines look like steps for giants once they are dug up. Cortez crews will shoot a ramp at 15 to 40 feet. (AP Photo/Elko Daily Free Press, Ross Andreson). less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Elko Daily Free Press, Ross Andreson
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 1:45 PM EST