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Like “Fixer Upper,” but for mining: This new Discovery Channel show rehabs old Colorado mines

Alex Charvat (left) and Kevin Gilman co-host the new, Colorado-centric Discovery Channel series “Reclaimed,” which premieres on Jan. 9.
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Television has trained us to see weddings, home renovations and other life events as disasters-in-waiting. All that’s needed to unleash the beast is a few cameras and the expectations that arrive with them.

“Reclaimed,” a new Discovery Channel series premiering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, raises the stakes considerably.

“All of these locations are off the grid,” said Colorado-based host Alex Charvat. “None of these mining claims had power, and I can’t even think of one that had cell reception, which was kind of nice.”

The concept for “Reclaimed,” co-hosted by fellow Evergreen/Conifer-area resident Kevin Gilman, is simple: two buddies travel to shuttered mines — mostly in Colorado — to help homesteaders “repair their claims to turn them into thriving mines and money-making pieces of real estate,” as Discovery puts it.

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