Hecla Mining Co. laid off 56 miners when the company suspended operations at its Hollister underground mine in northern Elko County, but the company is “committed to Nevada for the long term despite a narrowing workforce,” said Luke Russell, vice president of external affairs.

He said on June 18 Hecla now has about 190 people on its payroll in Nevada.

Hecla is mining and exploring at its underground Fire Creek Mine near Crescent Valley, mining at the underground Midas Mine in Elko County, operating the mill at Midas, and reprocessing mine tailings at its Aurora mill in Mineral County, Russell said.

He said the majority of those laid off at Hollister lived in Winnemucca. Although the mine is

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