Oregon: Blind woman + metal detector = buried treasure

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Roberts, who is legally blind, is tuned into the beeps of her metal detector, digging up what others cannot see. (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)

An 1898 Indian Head penny. A pinback button from the Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen, circa 1917. A student’s 1987-88 Churchill High School ID card. A still-full nitrous oxide tank.

Those are just some of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of things Janet Roberts has unearthed with her metal detector on Skinner Butte during the past year or so.“It’s amazing what you can find out there,” says Roberts, 58, a longtime PeaceHealth employee…MORE (Register-Guard)