Miners Head To job Fair Looking For Work - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Miners Head To Job Fair Looking For Work

KELLOGG, Idaho - Barrick North America is holding its third job fair in Kellogg Idaho at the Silver Mountain Ski resort. The company says it has more than 1,000 jobs open in its various Nevada mines. Barrick operates 5 mines in Nevada. After hosting its third job fair Molly Moss the lead recruiter for the company says it hired 22 miners from the Silver Valley to work in Nevada.

Barrick is one of 5 mining companies that has or will visit the Silver Valley in an effort to find jobs for the almost 300 miners and contractors put out of work after the closure of the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan Idaho. The Mining Safety and Health Administration issued a "Closure Order" at the mine in early January after inspectors found what they say to be unsafe working conditions in the silver shaft, that main shaft of the mine. MSHA said Hecla, the company which owns the mine needs to clean loose rock and material from the shaft. Hecla stated that cleaning would take about one year.

Miners KHQ spoke with at the job fair declined to speak on camera but all shared similar feelings that the jobs wont come to them, and they'll do anything to support their families during this stressful time of the mines closure.

The job fair at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg continues 10am-7pm on Wednesday January 25th and will finish up then.

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