The first bar of gold produced as the result of the 4,500 ton-per-day mill at American Barrick Resources Corp. Goldstrike Mine in Nevada has been poured.On Aug. 5, the company, which also operates a large gold recovery operation at Mercur, Tooele County, began operating the new mill and already it is running at capacity and achieving recovery of 85 percent as targeted.

The new mill will contribute 40,000 ounces of gold to this year's production.

Initially, the new mill will process ore from the near surface oxide reserves and in later years will be converted to handled the deeper sulphide ore.

American Stores Co. has been served with a complaint by the California Attorney General's office challenging American's acquisition of Lucky Stores Inc.

Saying the action was not unexpected, attorneys for American Stores said they had not yet fully reviwed the complaint and had no immediate comment on the allegations.

American Stores Co. and Lucky Stores Inc. said they "remain hopeful of a speedy and successful resolution of the litigation."