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Posted: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


photo by Jon Stinnett Dick (left) and Duck Secord, father-and-son stars of the SyFy Channel's 'Ghost Mine,' relax at their Cottage Grove home.






There’s a busy summer on the horizon for Cottage Grove’s Dick Secord, who will return to Sumpter, Oregon at the end of this month to film the second season of the series ‘Ghost Mine’ on the Sy Fy Channel. The show, which will tackle 13 episodes for its second season as opposed to six episodes during season one, features a group of hard rock miners searching for gold in the Crescent Mine. During their efforts to strike it rich, a team of paranormal investigators accompanies the team to determine if the mine is haunted.

Ghost Mine premiered Jan. 16 of this year and showcased the efforts and antics of a handful of colorful characters: Stan “Papa Smurf” Griffith, Edward “Fast Eddie” Griffith, Keith “Dingus” Leingang, Jared “Buckett” Anderson, Jay Verburg and Jamol Eli (“The Greenhorns”) and paranormal investigators Patrick Doyle and Kristen Luman, the latter of whom is also known as “Red” to Secord and his father, Duck, who notably walked away from the mine in the show’s first episode.

Recently, the Sentinel caught up with both the Secords, who were able to keep some of the next season’s surprises under wraps despite the efforts of this newspaper to bring them to light. The Secords speak of the crew and townspeople of Sumpter as old friends, and they say they’re excited about another summer there. (Unless otherwise noted, quotes belong to Dick Secord.)



So you said you had to work today? I guess you’ve not hit it big just yet?



I work a regular job, too. I’m trying to save up to retire. I’ve been a contracted millwright for 20 years. And in the summertime, my dad and I actually live at the Evening Star Mine for about five months of the year. When it’s not too snowy, that is.



How does your mine here compare with where you’ve been working for the show in Sumpter?



Our system here is a lot bigger, and the rock is a lot more solid. I feel a lot better in our tunnels. The rock there is pretty rotten, and the system we’re working with is pretty old. The rock is so soft. It means doing a lot more timber work.



When you go back up there, are you going to work a mine or to film a show? How do you approach it?



We’re doing both. We’re actually mining, and they’re filming us mine. They get in the way once in a while, the paranormals, but they’re not around much. They do their work at night when nobody’s around. They can watch us through the cameras.

For the complete article see the 05-22-2013 issue.

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