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Silver City expo for mine employees out of work by pandemic

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University and Chino Mine’s parent company are co-hosting an expo next week to help mine employees put out of work by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Silver City community’s first drive-through training expo is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Officials with Freeport-McMoRan and the university say advisers will provide services and give personal consultations to mine employees and contractors.

The university is waiving application fees for all expo attendees and expediting the admission application process during the two-hour event. Western New Mexico’s mining industry has been hit hard by the economic downturn.