Gold mine will idle 60 workers with shutdown

Operation near Oatman will close in two weeks

OATMAN - The local mining industry suffered another blow Monday when Mojave Desert Minerals Gold Road Mine, located about three miles from Oatman, announced it will be closing within two weeks and laying off more than 60 workers.

The news comes just weeks after Mineral Park mine in Chloride announced a curtailment of operations that will cost 380 workers their jobs.

Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop said job losses from Mineral Park and Gold Road are "hitting home" with so many people unemployed right after Christmas and New Year's.

"People have to look for new jobs. If these jobs are out of county, it could snowball. You could have open houses and the economy will suffer. We're hoping some people will come in and buy it," Bishop said of Mineral Park.

Mining is important to Mohave County's economic vitality, and once prices for copper and other metals come back, there will be more interest from investors, she said.

Mohave County's Community Services Department has scheduled a job fair for displaced workers at 9 a.m. Thursday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St. Several mining companies will be represented.

"Mohave County and the state will work in conjunction and do all that we can to help employees get assistance in the face of their job loss," Supervisor Buster Johnson said.

Susie Parel-Duranceau, director of community services, said the county will partner with One-Stop Career Center to assist with rapid response and re-employment orientation.

For further information on scheduled job fair, contact Mohave County's Community Services Department at (928) 753-0723.