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Friends of Hafer keep the cabin ready for visitors.

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Blue Heaven Mine draws Nora the Schnauzer

A hike up the North Fork John Day Trail brings back memories of a decade-old trip to the cabin at the Blue Heaven Mine and the man who worked the claim for 30 years, Guy Hafer.

In Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “Starry Night,” swirled, oversized yellow and white stars hang over a darkened rural hamlet. Some critics called him “weird,” to put it gently, for the visions that he placed on canvas. I recalled “Starry Night” when I stoo


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