Top 10 stories of 2019 – Elko Daily Free Press

From top left: Barrick-Newmont joint venture, Elko County 2nd Amendment sanctuary, double-fatal mine bus-truck crash, shopping center shuffle, Marvel ranch for sale, West Wendover marijuana dispensary, U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto at Camp Lamoille, justice for Jared Kraintz, Osino drug and cockfighting bust, Elko named best city in Nevada.


ELKO – The year 2019 was filled with highs and lows that made headlines in the Elko Daily Free Press and on

To ring out the year, editors compiled a list of the top 10 stories based on reader interest in a variety of categories:

Barrick, Newmont joint venture

Rumors of a merger between the world’s two largest gold mining companies have seemed to come and go almost every year, but this time Elko residents were shocked to learn that they had formed a joint venture covering nearly all of their Nevada properties.

Barrick Gold Corp. and Newmont Goldcorp Corp. officially launched Nevada Gold Mines on July 1.

A new sign went up on Newmont’s former North American headquarters on Mountain City Highway, as Barrick staff moved in from their office a few blocks away.

The new company is operated by Barrick, which has 61.5% ownership. In a press release issued worldwide from Elko, the companies said the joint venture ranks as the largest global gold producing complex by a wide margin.

The company targeted production of between 1.8 and 1.9 million ounces, with Proven and Probable Reserves of 48.3 million ounces.

Newmont, meanwhile, moved its headquarters to Vancouver.

2nd Amendment sanctuary

A new state law allowing judges to order the seizure of firearms from people

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