First gold pour at Soledad Mountain

This handout photo shows Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd.'s pouring its first gold bar at the Soledad Mountain gold and silver mine, of which it has 50 percent ownership. The mine is located just south of Mojave in eastern Kern County.

The Sports Authority store at 4821 Ming Ave. showed up on a published list of stores the company is reportedly planning to close as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring move.

The Englewood, Colo.-based sporting goods retail chain said Wednesday it expects to shutter 140 stores. It would not say where they are located.

But the Wall Street Journal, citing a marketing flyer put out by real-estate consultant A&G Realty Partners, said the Bakersfield store is among 87 properties whose leases are for sale.

Sports Authority CEO Michael E. Foss said in a news release Wednesday’s bankruptcy filing results from a review suggesting consumers are buying more products online, and therefore the chain “needs fewer stores as part of its long-term business model.”

The Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. has poured its first gold bar at the long-delayed Soledad Mountain gold and silver mine it co-owns in eastern Kern County.

The Canadian-based company recently completed construction at the 101-employee, open-pit mine south of Mojave.

Interim CEO Thomas M. Clay said in a news release Tuesday flow rates from the operation’s leaching process have been “very good.”

“We are proud of what we have accomplished over the past 30 years and are excited to move closer to entering full production as a gold company in California,” he said.

The ninth annual High Speed Rail, Transportation, Utility — Public Contracting Conference is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 10 at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center.

Hosted by the Kern Minority Contractors and San Joaquin Valley High Speed Rail associations, the event at 801 Truxtun Ave. will feature a high-speed rail forum, panel discussions on 2016 outlooks for local and state projects and a certification workshop.

Registration is being handled online at

P.A.S. Associates Human Resources Consultants has won a 2015 Sapphire Award recognizing the Bakersfield firm’s development and training work on behalf of clients.

The award was given to the company by Wiley Workplace Learning Solutions Group, which makes products P.A.S. uses to teach people how to collaborate and work more effectively as a team.

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