April 14 – LA GRANDE – Popular reality show Discovery brings a man from La Grande to the small screen.
Pete Candlish appears in an episode of “Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue” currently airing on the Discovery Channel.
The reality show, which according to Dodge’s Facebook page has an audience of at least 1 million weekly viewers, features mining experts Dodge and Juan Ibarra who visit mines across the United States to show those who exploit them how to do it more efficiently.
Dodge and Ibarra will be featured at the Sanger Mine in Baker County working with miners including Pete Candlish, who helps operate the mine for its owners who live in western Oregon, during the episode of one o’clock.
Candlish is an amateur miner who owns holdings near the Sanger Mine and has been a fan of “Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue” since the series began. He said he was “shocked” when the owners of Sanger Mine called him and offered him a chance to appear on the TV program.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was totally surprised,” said Candlish, who quickly accepted the owners’ offer.
His wife, Stacey, and daughter, Adalynn, 7, weren’t looking good when the show was filmed, but a photo of them is shown during the episode, titled “Dial F for Freddy.”
The show was recorded at Sanger Mine in June 2021 over a period of 10 days.
“Sometimes they filmed for an hour and only a minute of footage would show up on the show,” Candlish said.
He said he learned a lot about mining during the 10-day period.
“They showed me things like how sluice box setups can make a big difference in how much gold you can get,” Candlish said.
Locks are long, narrow boxes that water passes through when placed in a stream or stream. Sluice is a method of separating and recovering gold from gravel through the use of running water.
Mining as therapy
Pete Candlish started mining while with the US Coast Guard 10 years ago in Alaska and does it as a hobby to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“It’s great therapy for me. It helps me heal physically and mentally,” said Candlish, who talks about it on the TV show.
The Sanger Mine program is available to watch on subscription streaming services, including Discovery Plus, and Candlish said he has received a number of calls and messages from veterans who have seen it. .
They indicated that the program has helped them overcome the challenges they face.
“It was gratifying to hear,” Candlish said.
Another reason Candlish is so drawn to mining is that every time someone spots gold they do something historic because chances are nobody has it. seen before.
“You’re probably the first person to see it,” he said.
Candlish is optimistic that there is more to be found in the mines of Baker County.
“There’s still gold out there that the ancients didn’t have,” Candlish said.