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Restoration Efforts Continue at Hidden Cave

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The vandalism at Hidden Cave was first reported in the beginning of March, and crews are getting closer to having it cleaned. The cave was first used by humans more than 20,000 years ago to store food, but now officials are trying to restore the historic site.

BLM officials have not made any arrests, let alone identified any suspects in the case.

But today, several archeologists spent the day cleaning the ancient site from the spray-painted mess.

"It's not a particularly difficult task, it's just one that requires knowledge, and previous experience working in these kinds of environments," said Lead Archeologist BLM Nevada Bryan Hockett.

Archeologists have been going inside, repainting the benches, scraping off spray paint, and delicately brushing off the graffiti from the cave's walls. Normally this time of year, Hidden Cave would be open to public tours, but because of the vandalism, they have all been postponed until the mess is gone.             

"We've been keeping track of the number of people who requested special tours and we are at 500 to date," said Donna Cossette, Churchill County Museum Administrator. 

The county has not been given the go-ahead to resume tours, but says it appears BLM officials are getting closer to reopening the site.        

We'll be sure to let you know when they do.


By Landon Miller 

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