The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of May, 2022. 

Phyllic alteration

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 18th week of the year (May 2nd to May 8th, 2022), at least 23 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 6 news published by the media, with ten reporting resources and developments of their properties, six commenting on Mexican issues, four disclosing deals and corporate issues, four informing on exploration results, three communicating production and financial results, and two discussing social issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Torex Gold announced the investment of USD $848M to develop its Media Luna project in Guerrero. Expo Minero Chihuahua 2022 closed its doors with the attendance of 15,610 people. Arcelor Mittal announced that it will invest USD $150M to boost the iron mining in Michoacán. According to Miner Deck, one company working in Mexico participated in the best eight gold intercepts of the week, and two in the best seven silver intercepts of the week. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Minerals-Kootenay JV released results from California and Jasper targets within its Cervantes project, and Canuc provided an update on its exploration program at its San Javier project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay announced that it will commence a 15,000m drilling program at its Columba project. In Coahuila, Monumental announced the results of a geophysical survey recently completed at its Jemi Heavy Rare Earth Elements project. ON MINING, Altaley reported Q4, and full year 2021 production and financial results from its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. Coeur Mining reported Q1, 2022 production and financial results from its Palmarejo mine in Chihuahua. Santacruz reported Q4 and full year 2021 consolidated production and financial results from their Mexican operation mines. ON FINANCING, no relevant news.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Capitan Mining released results from 5 RC holes collared at its Jesus Maria Silver Zone at the Cruz de Plata project (former Peñoles project) in Durango. Zacatecas Silver received permits for 30 drill pads at El Cristo Vein System within its Zacatecas property. Sonoro Gold filed an Environmental Impact Statement or Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental (MIA) for its Cerro Caliche property in Sonora.  Orex-Pan American Silver JV received a permit to drill 2,500-3,000m at its Sandra project in Durango. Southern Silver reported drilling results from its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. Silver Dollar released the remaining assay results from the phase 1 drilling program completed at its la Joya project in Durango. Sierra Madre reported results of the last four holes collared at its Tepic project in Nayarit. Golden Tag announced results from 2 holes drilled at its San Diego project in Durango. Guanajuato Silver reported drill results from its ongoing exploration programs at its El Cubo mine and El Pinguico projects in Guanajuato. Prime Mining announced new results from 17 holes drilled at Zapote North and Mariposa areas within its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Golden Minerals announced the appointment of its COO (Rodeo project, Durango). Vizsla announced the appointments of its COO and VP of Exploration (Panuco project, Sinaloa). Orogen and the Riverside-BHP JV signed an option agreement for the Llano de Nogal project in Sonora. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Esperanza Silver de México obtained the support of the Tetlama community in Morelos for the Esperanza project. Alamos Gold has generated 2,200 new jobs in the last two years for the construction of its La Yaqui Grande mine in Sonora.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., announced the investment of USD $848M to develop its Media Luna project in Guerrero to bring it into commercial production by the end of 2024. The initial capital investment in the Media Luna Project includes USD $85M of underground mine development during the pre-commercial mining period, between Q4, 2023 and Q4, 2024. The initial capital required to develop the Media Luna Project excludes USD $124M of direct project expenses incurred before April 1, 2022, of which USD $37M are related to the Guajes Tunnel and USD $28M to the development of the Upper and Lower South Portal. Of the direct expenses of the project, the largest capital expenditures are related to the development of the underground mine (USD $173M), access to the deposit through the Guajes Tunnel (USD $76M), as well as the Upper and Lower South Portal (USD $40M), improvements to the process plant (USD $98M) and tailings/paste plant (USD $78M). Of indirect expenses, the largest components are contingency costs (USD $100M).
  • Expo Minero Chihuahua 2022 closed its doors with the attendance of 15,610 people. For four days, from April 28 to May 1, the attendees learned about the importance of the mining industry in the development of Mexico and its usefulness in everyday life.
  • Arcelor Mittal Mexico announced that it will invest USD $150M to boost the iron mining in Michoacán. The company also stated that it will increase the domestic rolled steel production from 2.5M to 5.3M tonnes.
  • According to Miner Deck, one company working in Mexico was in the best eight drill intercepts of the week.  Aztec Minerals-Kootenay JV was eight with 136.8m @ 1.486 g/t Au at Cervantes project in Sonora.
  • According to Miner Deck, two of the best silver drill intercepts of the week were drilled by companies working in Mexico. Golden Tag was first with 395m @ 35 g/t Ag at San Diego project in Durango, and Capitan Mining was seventh with 16.8m @ 291 g/t Ag at Cruz de Plata project in Durango.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp – Kootenay Silver Inc. JV released results from the California and Jasper targets within its Cervantes project in Sonora. Drilling highlights include hole JAS22-001 with 0.33 g/t Au over 9.1m, with 150m visible Cu oxides and secondary sulphides in mineralized quartz feldspar porphyry intrusive, sediments and hydrothermal breccia; hole CAL22-017 with 0.31 g/t Au over 24.3m, and 1.65 g/t Au over 6.1m in mineralized quartz feldspar porphyry intrusive, sediments and hydrothermal breccia; hole CAL22-016 with 0.47 g/t Au over 56.2m, and 0.35 g/t Au over 13.7m in mineralized porphyries and hydrothermal breccia; and hole CAL22-015 with 0.42 g/t Au over 68.4m, and 2.25 g/t Au over 10.6m in mineralized porphyries and hydrothermal breccia. These drill results extended the known mineralized zone at depth and over 350m to the north onto the California North target and also to the south on the eastern end of the California zone. The company reported that the phase 2 RC drilling program at the Cervantes property is completed and consisted of 26 holes totalling 4,649m.
  • Canuc Resources Corporation provided an update on its exploration program at its San Javier project in Sonora. On the Silver Mountain Zone, the 63-sample grid covered the central part of a NE-SW trending magnetic high in the north part of the San Javier project area. Within the soil grid, samples ranging from 5,123 to 36,671 ppb Ag (5 to 36 g/t) define a 50 to 100 m wide trend that extends for approximately 300 m across the grid. Only 7 of the 63 samples collected contained less that 1 g/t Ag and. The Ag anomaly is accompanied by a modest Au anomaly having values ranging from 38.6 to 87.5 ppb within a relatively high 2.0 to 32.5 background. Only 9 samples contained less than 5.0 ppb Au. On the Gold Zone, the company excavated 3,295m of trenches ranging from 65m to 638m in width. From these trenches, 1,829 channel samples have been collected and additional 46 samples have been collected from various locations within the trend. Results have been reported only on the first 3 trenches which returned elevated gold and copper values. Sampling results are still pending for the rest of the trenches. On the Copper-Gold Stockwork Zone, a total of 22 samples were collected from 3 locations on the north flank of a donut shaped magnetic high in the north–central part of the property. Average grade of the sampling is 0.38% Cu, 0.29 g/t Au, and 3.9 g/t Ag. Canuc plans to cover with soil samples the southwest extension of the strong Ag anomaly referred as Silver Anomaly target; to carry out a detailed mapping on at least 40 know mineralized zones within the property, as well as along the 11 trenches excavated across the Gold Zone, and in the area of the Stockwork Copper-Gold Zone, to provide necessary information in advance of drilling.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., announced that it will commence a 15,000m drilling program at its Columba project in Chihuahua. Initial focus of this program will be on deeper drill testing on the F Vein and expanding on the D and B Vein intercepts, as well as explore the JZ Zone located 700 meters east of the F Vein; and the East Block located 200 meters east form the JZ Zone.
  • Monumental Minerals Corp., announced the results of a heli-borne magnetic, radiometric, and very-low frequency electromagnetic (VLF-EM) geophysical survey recently completed at its Jemi Heavy Rare Earth Elements (HREE) project in Coahuila. The geophysical survey confirmed that a significantly larger area of the property is prospective for HREE (from approximately 1 km to 10 km of prospective strike length), and defined two parallel 8 km arcuate anomalies that occur along the south and west margin of the Sierra La Vasca intrusion complex. The company announced that the next step is to carry out a rapid evaluation and prioritization of targets for diamond drill testing.

ON MINING

  • Altaley Mining Corporation reported Q4, and full year 2021 production and financial results from its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. In Q4, 2021 the company processed 183,091 tonnes to produce 12,209 tonnes of Zn concentrate grading 46% Zn with metallurgical recovery of 71%, and 2,691 tonnes of Pb concentrate grading 22% Pb with metallurgical recovery of 30% respectively, at cash and all in sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $0.74 and USD $0.95 per Lb Zn respectively. Altaley reported gross revenues of CAD $29.7M, mine operating profit of CAD $10.1M, income for the period of CAD $20.6M, and cash of CAD $3.04M. In the full year 2021, the company processed 689,963 tonnes to produce 45,778 tonnes of Zn concentrate grading 46% Zn, 2.12 g/t Au, and 658 g/t Ag, with metallurgical recovery of 71% for Zn, and 9,936 tonnes of Pb concentrate grading 22%, 1.65% Cu, 6.08 g/t Au, and 776 g/t Ag, with metallurgical recovery of 29% for Pb, at cash and AISC of USD $0.60 and USD $0.83 per Lb Pb respectively. Altaley reported gross revenues of CAD $98.4M, mine operating profit of CAD $34.25M, income for the period of CAD $36.26M, and cash of CAD $3.04M.
  • Coeur Mining Inc., reported Q1, 2022 production and financial results from its Palmarejo mine in Chihuahua. The company milled 565,211 tonnes of 1.74 g/t Au and 120 g/t Ag with metallurgical recoveries of 90.6% and 83% respectively to produce 28.9K Oz Au and 1.8M Oz Ag. It sold 28.2K Oz Au and 1.79M Oz Ag during the Q1, 2022 period. Coeur reported metal sales of USD $83.1M; cost applicable to sales of USD $730 and USD $12.43 per Oz Au and Oz Ag respectively; cash flow from operating activities of USD $34.3M; sustaining capital expenditures of USD $13.6M; and free cash flow of USD $20.7M. The company announced that the full year 2022 production is expected to be 100K-110K Oz Au and 6M-7M Oz Ag, and the cost applicable to sales is expected to be USD $750-850 per Oz Au and USD $13.50-14.50 per Oz Ag.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., reported Q4 and full year 2021 consolidated production and financial results from their Mexican operation mines (Zimapan, Hidalgo and Rosario San Luis Potosi). In Q4,2021, the company milled 192,901 tonnes to produce 318.4K Oz Ag, 2.27M Lb Pb, 7.7M Lb Zn, and 1.1M Lb Cu (or 842K Oz AgEq with an average grade of 184 g/t AgEq). Santacruz reported for this period revenues of USD $13.8M, gross profit of USD $621K, a net loss of USD $10.45M and an adjusted EBIDTA loss of USD $4,47M. In the full year 2021, it milled 730,412 tonnes to produce 1.29M Oz Ag, 132Oz Au, 8.4M Lb Pb, 28M Lb Zn, and 4.07M Lb Cu (or 3.2M Oz Ag with an average grade of 185 g/t AgEq). The company reported for the full year 2021 revenues of USD $53.3M, gross profit of USD $10.3M, a net loss of USD $11.56M, and an adjusted EBIDTA loss of USD $713K.

ON FINANCING

  • No relevant news.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Capitan Mining Inc., released results from 5 RC holes collared at its Jesus Maria Silver Zone at the Cruz de Plata project (former Peñoles project) in Durango. Drilling highlights include hole 21-JMRC-10 (at the Upper Zone) with 291 g/t Ag, 0.15 g/t Au, 0.08% Pb, and 0.08% Zn (332 g/t AgEq) over 16.8m, including 478 g/t Ag, 0.56 g/t Au, 0.3% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (539 g/t AgEq) over 9.1m, including 2,217 g/t Ag, 1.77 g/t Au, 1.1% Pb, and 0.4% Zn (2,406 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m; plus (at the Lower Zone) 71 g/t Ag, 0.4 g/t Au, 0.8% Pb, and 1.6% Zn (186 g/t AgEq) over 13.7m, including 114 g/t Ag, 0.67 g/t Au, 1.3% Pb, and 2.7% Zn (309 g/t AgEq) over 7.6m; hole 21-JMRC-06 (at the Upper Zone) with 100 g/t Ag, 0.12 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (146 g/t AgEq) over 13.7m, including 152 g/t Ag, 0.17 g/t Au, 0.5% Pb, and 2.4% Zn (271 g/t AgEq) over 3m, including 154 g/t Ag, 0.17 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, and 3.6% Zn (319 g/t AgEq), plus (at the Lower Zone) with 145 g/t Ag, 0.14 g/t Au, 0.3% Pb, 0.6% Zn (189 g/t AgEq) over 4.6m, including 380 g/t Ag, 0.28 g/t Au, 0.5% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (448 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m; and hole 21-JMRC-08 with 44 g/t Ag, 0.36 g/t Au, 0.9% Pb, and 1.3% Zn (149 g/t AgEq) over 7.6m, including 62 g/t Ag, 0.48 g/t Au, 1.4% Pb, and 2.1% Zn (218 g/t AgEq) over 4.6m, and including 92 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 2.9% Pb, and 4.5% Zn (350 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., received permits for 30 drill pads at El Cristo Vein System within its Zacatecas property to drill test multiple veins within a zone of dilation that is almost 4 km long and up to 600m wide.  The cumulative strike length of all veins at El Cristo is at least 12km long. A total of 2,500m of diamond drilling has been designed in this initial phase of drilling at El Cristo Vein System.
  • Sonoro Gold Corp., filed an Environmental Impact Statement or Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental (MIA) for its Cerro Caliche property in Sonora. “Under Mexican law, mining construction and operation activities require an approved MIA, as well as a Change of Land Use permit, or Autorización en Cambio de Uso de Suelo (“ETJ”), from the Mexican federal permitting authority, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (“SEMARNAT”). The company is currently completing the required documentation for the Change of Land Use application and anticipates filing with SEMARNAT in the near future.
  • Orex Minerals Inc. – Pan American Silver Corp JV received a permit to drill its Sandra project in Durango. Phase-I of this new drilling program will consist of approximately 2,500 to 3,000m. Orex conducted a geological mapping and litho geochemical sampling program over the combined 6,970 hectares of the project, where multiple drill target areas have been identified.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp., reported drilling results from the North Felsite and El Sol targets on its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. Drilling highlights include hole 21CLM-185 with 185 g/t Ag, 0.6 g/t Au, 0.1% Cu, 3.1% Pb, and 0.6% Zn (358 g/t AgEq or 9.1% ZnEq) over a true width (TW) of 0.7m at the North Felsite HW zone, plus 101 g/t Ag, 0.3 g/t Au, 0.8% Cu, 2.4% Pb, and 3.3% Zn (1,321 g/t AgEq or 33.5% ZnEq) over a TW of 1.8m, including 1,785 g/t Ag, 0.5 g/t Au, 1.4% Cu, 3.1% Pb, and 5.9% Zn (2,309 g/t AgEq or 56.6% ZnEq) over a TW of 1m at the North Felsite skarn area; hole 22CLM-184 with 7 g/t Ag, 1.1 g/t Au, 0% Cu, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (112 g/t AgEq or 2.8% ZnEq) over a TW of 11.7m at the North Felsite HW zone, including 19 g/t Ag, 5.6 g/t Au, 0% Cu, 0.3% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (495 g/t AgEq or 12.5% ZnEq) over a TW of 1m, plus 121 g/t Ag, 0.2 g/t Au, 0.1% Cu, 1.9% Pb, and 6.5% Zn (460 g/t AgEq or 11.7% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.3m at North Felsite Skarn, plus 117 g/t Ag, 0.1 g/t Au, 0.1% Cu, 1.1% Pb, and 1% Zn (213 g/t AgEq or 5.4% ZnEq) over a TW of 6m, including 301 g/t Ag, 0.2 g/t Au, 0.5% Cu, 1.1% Pb, and 10.7% Zn (830 g/t AgEq or 21% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.3m, plus 302 g/t Ag, 0.2 g/t Au, 0.4% Cu, 2.9% Pb, and 0.7% Zn (485 g/t AgEq or 12.3% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.8m. “The North Felsite target is located on the eastern side of the Cerro Las Minitas, approximately 400m to the northwest of the La Bocona and Mina Piña shafts, in an area that was not included in the most recent NI43-101 Mineral Resource update on the property. New drilling tested the continuity of mineralization in both the main Ag-Pb-Zn Skarn as well as strongly Au-enriched hanging wall zone.
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc., released the remaining assay results from the phase 1 drilling program completed on the underexplored Noria portion at its la Joya project in Durango. This phase of drilling consisted of 11 core holes totaling 2,424m. Drilling highlights include hole NOR-22-008 with 41 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.05% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.6% Zn (90 g/t AgEq) over 125.3m, including 137 g/t Ag, 0.23 g/t Au, 0.14% Cu, 0.4% Pb, and 1.7% Zn (268 g/t AgEq) over 10.47m; and hole NOR-22-009 with 3 g/t Ag, 0.66 g/t Au, 0.03% Cu, 0% Pb, and 0.03% Zn (60 g/t AgEq) over 58.84m. “Phase II drilling is now in progress and targeting the wide intervals of mineralization intersected in the new Phase I discoveries”.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., reported results of the last four holes collared at its Tepic project in Nayarit. Drilling highlights include hole TDH014 with 322 g/t Ag and 0.96 g/t Au (424 g/t AgEq) over 6.35m, including 544 g/t Ag and 1.5 g/t Au (656 g/t AgEq) over 3.85m, plus 332 g/t Ag and 1.85 g/t Au (470 g/t AgEq) over 6.05m, including 786 g/t Ag and 3.78 g/t Au (1,070 g/t AgEq) over 2.3m. Holes were designed to test areas adjacent to and outside of the areas that were volumetrically included in historic resource estimations. “The Tepic drill holes are being incorporated into the project’s 3-D database and model to plan the continuation of the Phase 2 drilling at Tepic. Drill pads have already been constructed on the Taunas targets to drill the first test holes within the newly discovered area on the eastern portion of the project”.
  •  Golden Tag Resources Ltd., announced results from 2 holes drilled at its San Diego project in Durango. Key highlights include hole 22-65A (Rata Zone) with 0.02 g/t Au, 1,350 g/t Ag, 1.4% Pb, 3% Zn, and 0.35% Cu (1,556 g/t AgEq) over 0.6m, plus 0.03 g/t Au, 981 g/t Ag, 2.4% Pb, 2.5% Zn, and 0.35% Cu (1,194 g/t AgEq) over 0.65m, plus 0.11 g/t Au, 210 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, 1.1% Zn, and 0.05% Cu (288 g/t AgEq) over 1.67m, and plus (at Cata Zone) with 0.12 g/t Au, 197 g/t Ag, 1.2% Pb, 0.7% Zn, and 0.06% Cu (280 g/t AgEq) over 0.85m; and hole 22-65B (Rata Zone) with 0.08 g/t Au, 286 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.3% Zn, and 0.04% Cu (312 g/t AgEq) over 1.20m, plus (at Cata Zone) with 0.27 g/t Au, 103 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, 0.6% Zn, and 0.05% Cu (174 g/t AgEq) over 16.48m, including 0.09 g/t Au, 108 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 0.7% Zn, and 0.05% Cu (163 g/t AgEq) over 2.20m, plus 0.12 g/t Au, 460 g/t Ag, 3% Pb, 2.7% Zn, and 0.19% Cu (690 g/t AgEq) over 2.50m, plus (at CS Play Zone) with 0.11 g/t Au, 135 g/t Ag, 2.9% Pb, 3% Zn, and 0.09% Cu (363 g/t AgEq) over 4.27m, plus (at Fernandez Zone) with 0.05 g/t Au, 35 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 0.8% Zn, and 0.11% Cu (93 g/t AgEq) over 395.1m, including 0.03 g/t Au, 37 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, 1.1% Zn, and 0.14% Cu (109 g/t AgEq) over 185.90m. “Combining the results from hole 65B with the results from the previously reported hole 21-58, we can now anticipate that the potential extension of the Fernandez Zone could measure approximately 140 m x 70 m in the horizontal plane and 530 m in the vertical plane.  There are no drill holes to the west of hole 22-65B and thus the Fernandez Zone remains open to the west.” 
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., reported drill results from its ongoing exploration programs at its El Cubo mine and El Pinguico projects in Guanajuato. Key highlights include hole VP022-002 with 12.90 g/t Au and 1,956 g/t Ag (2,988 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 0.35m (Arroyo structure), plus 0.21 g/t Au and 31 g/t Ag (47 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 13.55m (Villalpando structure), including 0.76 g/t Au and 115 g/t Ag (176 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.15m, plus 0.44 g/t Au and 92 g/t Ag (127 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.39m (Villalpando FW structure); hole SC22-001 with 7.56 g/t Au and 42 g/t Ag (647 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.30m (680 Vein); hole SC22-002 with 4.49 g/t Au and 276 g/t Ag (636 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.13m (Tuberos Vein), plus 2.60 g/t Au and 194 g/t Ag (402 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.30m (Poniente Vein); and hole P21-22 with 1.04 g/t Au and 130 g/t Ag (203 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.56m (Arroyo structure), including 2.11 g/t Au and 227 g/t Ag (396 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.60m, plus 1.15 g/t Au and 193 g/t Ag (285 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.24m (Pinguico Vein). “These results serve to build confidence in our understanding of geological controls of high-grade mineralization within the various veins and different zones of our Guanajuato mine holdings. Further, drilling at the El Cubo mine continues to identify mineralization that the Company can quickly build into its near-term mining plans”.
  • Prime Mining Corp., announced new results from 17 holes drilled at Zapote North and Mariposa areas within its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. “This drilling is targeting the expansion of the Zapote North deposit northwards along the structure and confirming the continuity of mineralization of Mariposa to the south. These holes confirm that gold-silver mineralization extends from Zapote North to Mariposa”. Drilling highlights at Zapote North  include hole 22ZAP-56 with 4.81 g/t Au and 17 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 1.7m; hole 22ZAP-66R with 2.42 g/t Au and 24 g/t Ag over a TW of 9.70m, including 4.72 g/t Au and 36 g/t Ag over a TW of 4.2m; hole 22ZAP-67R with 3.83 g/t Au and 14 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.4m; hole 22ZAP-59 with 1.4 g/t Au and 14 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.2m, including 5.55 g/t Au and 22 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.4m; hole 22ZAP-52R with 1.07 g/t Au and 20 g/t Ag over a TW of 19.9m, including  2.62 g/t Au and 28 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.3m, including 3.32 g/t Au and 31 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.3m, plus 0.77 g/t Au and 27 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.2m; hole 22ZAP-68R with 0.68 g/t Au and 13 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.2m, including 2.19 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.2m, plus 0.39 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.2m; and hole 22ZAP-69R with 0.47 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag over a TW of 6.6m, plus 1.42 g/t Au and 28 g/t Ag over a TW of 5m, including 2.42 g/t Au and 44  g/t Ag over a TW of 2.5m. Drilling highlights at Mariposa include hole 22MA-08 with 1.1 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.3m, including 3.38 g/t Au and 23 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.9m, plus 0.99 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag over a TW of 5.4m, including 2.05 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.1m, plus 0.69 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag over a TW of 4.90m; and hole 22MA-09 with 1.55 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.9m, including 5.35 g/t Au and 29 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.60m. “To date for Phase 1 and 2 combined, Prime has drilled 255 holes totalling 64,070 metres (122 in Phase 1 for 25,650 m and 133 holes so far in Phase 2 for 38,420 m)”.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Golden Minerals Company announced the appointment of its COO, effective May 9, 2022 (Rodeo project, Durango).
  • Vizsla Silver Corp., announced the appointments of its COO and VP of Exploration (Panuco project, Sinaloa).
  • Orogen Royalties Inc. and the Riverside Resources Inc-BHP Group JV signed an option agreement for the Llano de Nogal Copper-Gold porphyry project in Sonora. Riverside can earn a 100% interest by making cash payments of USD $2.48M and USD $5M in cumulative exploration expenditures (CEE) subject to the following schedule: USD $30K (closing of transaction); USD $50K (1st anniversary) and  USD $500K in CEE; USD $50K (2nd anniversary) and USD $1.3M in CEE; USD $100K (3rd anniversary) and $USD $2M (CEE); USD $200K (4th anniversary) and USD $3M (CEE); USD $300K (5th anniversary) and USD $4M (CEE); and USD $1.75M (6th anniversary) and USD $5M (CEE). “During the option period, Orogen and Riverside will jointly retain the right to exercise and retain any Net Smelter Return (NSR) royalty buydown rights with respect to the Suanse claims (0.5% NSR royalty for CAD $1M) and the Coyotes claims (1.5% NSR royalty for USD $1.5M). Once Riverside has exercised its option on Llano de Nogal, Riverside will grant to Orogen a 1% Production Royalty, of which 0.5% can be purchased for USD $10M within 10 years of the exercise date”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Esperanza Silver de México obtained the support of the Tetlama community to the extent of accompanying the request for federal environmental permits for its operation for the Esperanza project in Morelos. The company determined to promote the project from the beginning hand in hand with the inhabitants since it is based on lands that belong to the community, and showing full respect for their human rights. Esperanza Silver will be delivering the Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) report and the study to propose the change of land use in forest land to the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources of the federal government (SEMARNAT) by the end of this year. Currently, the Esperanza Project is in the evaluation stage of the technical studies carried out during 2021 in terms of water and geotechnics. This year will be dedicated to the design of the technical project that will allow establishing the model of the mine’s industrial plant. At this point, both the company and the community will submit the request for an Environmental Manifesto to SEMARNAT, which could occur in mid-2023.
  • Alamos Gold Inc., has generated 2,200 new jobs in the last two years, 700 of them for people hired directly and 1,500 more indirectly for the construction of its La Yaqui Grande mine in Sonora. La Yaqui Grande mine, is in its final stage of construction and will start commercial production during Q3, 2022. The Yaqui Grande mine is already being a development opportunity for communities in the Sierra de Sonora in the municipalities of Sahuaripa, Yécora and Arivechi, among others.

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On the picture above, phyllic alteration in a porphyry copper prospect in Michoacán Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of April, 2022. 

Quartz-pyrite-FeOx stockwork veining

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 16th week of the year (April 18th to April 24th, 2022), at least 13 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and three news published by the media, with four reporting resources and developments of their properties, three communicating production and financial results, three disclosing deals and corporate issues, three commenting on Mexican issues, two announcing financial issues, and one informing on exploration results. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico Chamber of Deputies approved the initiative proposed by Andres Manuel López Obrador to reform the mining law on the nationalization of lithium. Fernando Alanís, Pro Secretary of the Confederation of the Industrial Chamber (CONCAMIN), declared that the project to reform the Mining Law to reserve the new concessions for the exploitation of lithium to the State is ambiguous and will add even more uncertainty and concern to investors. Armando Ortega, president of the Mining Task Force, of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham) in Mexico, stated that the proposed reform of the Mining Law on lithium would violate Mexico’s commitments in international treaties.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Reyna Gold announced results from eight holes drilled at its flagship La Gloria project. ON MINING, Americas Gold and Silver reported Q1, 2022 production results from its Cosala mine in Sinaloa. First Majestic announced Q1, 2022 production results from their Mexican mine operations. Sierra Metals reported Q1, 2022 production results from their Bolivar and Cusi mines located in Chihuahua. ON FINANCING, Magna Gold announced completion of its debt settlement with PEAL de Mexico SA de CV (San Francisco mine, Sonora). Tarachi Gold amended the option agreement terms with Minerals de Tarachi (Magistral Mill and tailings project, Durango).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Magna Gold announced Maiden Resource Estimate for its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Bear Creek filed a NI 43-101 technical report for its Mercedes mine in Sonora, which includes the Mineral Reserves and Resources as of December 31, 2021. Oroco released results from its ongoing drilling program at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. Sonoro announced results from 15 holes drilled at the Colorado and Guadalupe zones within its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Benjamin Hill signed and investor relation agreement and granted incentive stock options to other contractors (Sonora Gold project, Sonora). Gatos Silver received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange as a result of its failure to timely file its annual report (Cerro Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua). Silver Wolf announced the appointment of a new member to its Technical Advisory Board (Ana Maria project, Durango).  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • Mexico Chamber of Deputies approved the initiative proposed by Andres Manuel López Obrador to reform the mining law on the nationalization of lithium, with 275 votes in favor, 24 against and 187 abstentions. The reform contemplates the authorization of mining concessions with the exception of lithium, which will be administered directly by the Mexican State. López Obrador reiterated that his government will not allow foreigners to exploit lithium even if they have previous concessions. Instead, there will be a State company “to exploit, explore, extract, process, industrialize and sell it”.
  • Fernando Alanís, Pro Secretary of the Confederation of the Industrial Chamber (CONCAMIN), declared that the project to reform the Mining Law to reserve the new concessions for the exploitation of lithium to the State is ambiguous and will add even more uncertainty and concern to investors. Despite the fact that Mexico is among the 10 largest producers worldwide of 17 minerals, being the first in silver and the eighth in gold, the mining industry has lost attractiveness for investment in recent years after the government suspension of mineral concessions, in addition to the high taxes paid by the sector in our country.
  • Armando Ortega, president of the Mining Task Force, of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham) in Mexico, stated that the proposed reform of the Mining Law on lithium would violate Mexico’s commitments in international treaties. He argued that minerals cannot be reserved, in this case, for the exclusive exploration and exploitation by the State, without having made the aforementioned reservation in the Treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC). From his point of view, reservations are areas of exclusion of obligations and commitments, and to do so without prior negotiation is arbitrary and prohibited. The CanCham argued that reserving lithium only for the exploration and exploitation of the Mexican State ex-post is in violation of both the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as those corresponding to all Free Trade Agreements (FTA). ) signed by Mexico.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Reyna Gold Corp., announced results from eight holes totalling 710m of its ongoing 10,000m drilling program conducted at its flagship La Gloria project, Sonora. Drilling highlights include hole LG-22-005 with 3.95 g/t Au over 7.85m, including 19.65 g/t Au over 1.3m; hole LG-22-001 with 0.51 g/t Au over 30.6m; hole LG-22-007 with 8.61g/t Au over 0.6m; and hole LG-22-008 with 4.13 g/t Au over 0.5m.

ON MINING

  • Americas Gold and Silver Corporation reported Q1, 2022 production results from its Cosala mine in Sinaloa. The company produced 127K Oz Ag, 3.9M Lb Pb, and 9.6M Lb Zn. Americas expects to produce 0.7-0.9M Oz Ag, 36-40M Lb Pb, and 13-15M Lb Zn in the full year 2022.
  • First Majestic Silver Corporation announced Q1, 2022 production results from their Mexican mine operations. Figures by  mine are shown in the table below:
  • Sierra Metals Inc., reported Q1, 2022 production results from their Bolivar and Cusi mines located in Chihuahua. At Bolivar mine, the company processed 187,556 tonnes of 0.58% Cu, 11 g/t Ag, and 0.16 g/t Au with metallurgical recoveries of 85.12%,  88.44%, and 63.53% respectively, to produce 2M Lb Cu, 58K Oz Ag, and 592 Oz Au (2,6M Lb CuEq). At Cusi mine, Sierra metals processed 87,924 tonnes of 174 g/t Ag, 0.19 g/t Au, and 0.3% Pb with metallurgical recoveries of 85.37%, 49.94%, and 76.96% respectively, to produce 420K Oz Ag, 274 Oz Au, and 388K Lb Pb (458K Oz AgEq).
  • Sonoro Gold Corp., announced results from 15 holes drilled at the Colorado and Guadalupe zones within its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. Goal of this drill program is to increase the size and grade of the project´s oxide gold mineralization. Drilling highlights include hole SCR-289 with 0.56 g/t Au over 7.62m, including 1.38 g/t Au over 1.52m; hole SCR-293 with 0.87 g/t Au over 12.19m, including 3.62 g/t Au over 1.52m, plus 0.92 g/t Au over 6.10m, including 2.22 g/t Au over 1.53m, plus 2.26 g/t Au over 7.62m, including 10.25 g/t Au over 1.53m; hole SCR-296 with 0.67 g/t Au over 7.62m, including 1.83 g/t Au over 1.53m, plus 0.42 g/t Au over 6.1m, including 1 g/t Au over 1.52m; hole SCR-299 with 9.02 g/t Au over 10.67m, including 15.56 g/t Au over 6.10m; and hole SCR-301 with 0.49 g/t Au over 10.67m, including 1.79 g/t Au over 1.53m.

ON FINANCING

  • Magna Gold Corp., announced completion of its debt settlement with PEAL de Mexico SA de CV. the company has issued an aggregate of 1,660,132 common shares in the capital of the company at a deemed price of $0.76 per Common Share to PEAL de Mexico S.A. de C.V., in settlement of outstanding debt in the aggregate amount of USD 1M (San Francisco mine, Sonora).
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., amended the option agreement terms with Minerales de Tarachi , resulting in a significant reduction in future cash obligations. A comparison of the original and amended option terms can be found in the table below:

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Magna Gold Corp., announced Maiden Resource Estimate for its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Indicated resources using a cut-off of 75 g/t Ag are 1.854M tonnes of 205 g/t Ag to contain 12.22M Oz Ag and inferred resources are 0.45M tonnes of 153 g/t Ag to contain 2.24M Oz Ag. The deposit includes a well defined high grade core of 0.78M tonnes of 332 g/t Ag for a total of 8.32M Oz Ag contained. Magna reported that mineralization at Margarita is open in all directions and at depth. It also informed that the drill program discovered and confirmed multiple parallel vein systems most notable of which were the Juliana and Caido veins. The company plans to conduct follow-up drilling to define additional resources in these parallel vein systems. The current resource estimate only includes mineralization in the main Margarita vein.
  • Bear Creek Mining Corporation filed a NI 43-101 technical report for its Mercedes mine in Sonora, which includes an independent audit of the Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources as of December 31, 2021. Measured + Indicated Mineral Resources (exclusive of Mineral Reserves) are 2.98M tonnes of 4 g/t Au and 36 g/t Ag to contain 384K Oz Au and 3.5M Oz Ag; and Inferred Resources of 884K tonnes of 4.5 g/t Au and 41 g/t Ag to contain 128K Oz Au and 1.17M Oz Ag. Proven + Probable Mineral Reserves are 2.2M tonnes of 3.75 g/t Au and 29 g/t Ag to contain 267K Oz Au and 2.1M Oz Ag.
  • Oroco Resource Corp., released results from its ongoing drilling program conducted on the North Zone within its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. Drilling highlights include hole N010 with 0.36% Cu, 0.011% Mo, 0.03 g/t Au, and 2 g/t Ag (0.42% CuEq) over 311m; hole N011 with 0.39% Cu, 0.007% Mo, 0.04 g/t Au, and 3 g/t Ag (0.45% CuEq); and hole N012 with 0.35% Cu, 0.015% Mo, 0.02 g/t Au, and 3 g/t Ag (0.41% CuEq) over 296.9m. “The 2021-2022 drill program in the North Zone has now spanned 900 m of strike length along the core of the mineral deposit”. Holes N013 to N016 in the North Zone and B001 to B004 in the Brasiles Zone are completed and constitute an additional 6,205 m of drilling from which assays have yet to be generated.  To date, the 20 drill holes that have been completed at Santo Tomas (16 in the North Zone) total 14,838 m of diamond drilling, mainly in HQ core size.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp., signed and investor relation agreement with Pacificquest Communications Corp., for a term of one year. In connection with the agreement, the company granted 200K options exercisable at $0.50 per common share having a term of 3 years and subject to vesting of 25% of the options each calendar quarter over a one-year period.   The company also granted 100K incentive stock options to other contractors exercisable at $0.50 per common share having a term of 3 years and subject to vesting of 25% of the options each calendar quarter over a one-year period.   (Sonora Gold project, Sonora).
  • Gatos Silver Inc., received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as a result of its failure to timely file its annual report. “In accordance with Section 802.01E of the NYSE Listed Company Manual, the NYSE will closely monitor the status of the Company’s late filing and related public disclosures for up to six months from the date of the filing delinquency”  (Cerro Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua).
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., announced the appointment of a new member to its Technical Advisory Board (Ana Maria project, Durango).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No relevant news

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On the picture above, quartz-py-FeOx stockwork veining in an intrusive in Guanajuato, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of April, 2022. 

Flow banded rhyolite

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 14th week of the year (April 04th to April 10th, 2022), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and one news published by the media, with nine reporting resources and developments of their properties, seven informing on exploration results, five communicating production and financial results, one disclosing deals and corporate issues, and one discussing social issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Spruce reported the approval of an Informe Preventivo for its second drilling permit at its Mezquite project, Ranchero Gold released results from its inaugural drilling program at its Santa Daniela project, and Starcore presented results from its drilling program conducted at its Opodepe project. In Chihuahua, Mammoth presented results from three holes drilled at its Tenoriba project, and Reyna Silver announced results from its 8,000m phase 2 drilling program conducted at its Guigui project. In Durango, Silver Wolf released results from 88 samples collected at its Ana Maria project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre commenced a maiden drilling program at its La Tigra project. ON MINING, Gatos Silver reported Q1, 2022 production results from its 70%-owned Cerro Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua. GoGold announced Q1, 2022 production results from its Parral Tailings mine in Chihuahua. Mexus completed an open pit test heap leach Au recovery process that produced 278 Oz Au from 6 test pits at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora.  Minera Alamos announced Q1, 2022 production results from its Santana mine in Sonora. Orla presented Q1, 2022 production results from its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. ON FINANCING, no relevant news. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Vizsla reported that it filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) an independent technical report on its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Azucar Minerals commenced to drill test a large lithocap target discussed previously at its El Cobre project, Veracruz. GR Silver reported results from three underground drill holes collared at its San Marcial project, Sinaloa. Avino published results from 110 holes drilled on the oxide tailings project at its Avino property in Durango. Golden Tag released results from hole 22-64 drilled at its San Diego mine, Durango. Silver Dollar announced that phase 2 exploration drilling program is underway at its la Joya project in Durango. Silver Viper conducted a TITAN-MT deep-penetrating geophysical survey centered on the El Rubi deposit, Paredones, and El Molino target areas at its La Virginia project in Chihuahua. Starcore provided an update on the diamond drilling program conducted at its San Martin mine in Querétaro. Zacatecas Silver announced results from its ongoing diamond drilling program on the Panuco North and Panuco Central Veins at its Zacatecas project in Zacatecas state.   ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Sailfish provided an update on its previously announced Swordfish silver transaction (Gavilanes project, Durango).  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Esperanza Silver has a Community Engagement Plan to meet the objectives proposed by the New Socially and Environmentally Responsible Mining Model.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., reported the approval of an Informe Preventivo by the Mexican government Environmental Authority (SEMARNAT) for its second drilling permit at its Mezquite project in Sonora. The second drilling program will consists of 1,500-2,500m of Reverse Circulation (RC), which include twenty-four new pads on the northern, northwestern and southeastern sections of the property.
  • Ranchero Gold Corp., released results from its 16 holes, Phase 1 inaugural drilling program at the Maíz Azul prospect within its Santa Daniela project in Sonora. All of the 16 holes intersected Au mineralization and were planned to drill test shallow-near surface mineralization. Highlights include hole MA22-10 with 4 g/t Au over 31.5m; hole MA21-14 with 1.2 g/t Au over 21.2m; hole MA22-25 with 1.2 g/t Au over 15.6m, and hole MA21-11 with 1.1 g/t Au over 21m. Mineralization remains completely open at depth since it was only tested at depths of 100-150m below surface. The company is currently designing a second phase of drilling. The plan of this drilling program is to expand La Colmena zone eastward, initiate drill testing of the X-structure target, initiate drilling of new targets identified by the on-going modelling, and start definition drilling. In addition, Ranchero Gold is also advancing its regional reconnaissance program on the entire property. The company has identified from a previous Aster study, nine high-priority targets that warrant follow-up field work. “Ranchero Gold will continue its field investigation in parallel with the work conducted at Maíz Azul with the objective of identifying new drill targets by year-end.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., presented results from three holes drilled at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. The most significant mineralized interval was encountered in hole TEN-21-13 on the Moreno Zone with 0.98 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag (1.18 g/t AuEq) over 37.5m, including 1.13 g/t Au, 21 g/t Ag, and 0.55% Cu (2.34 g/t AuEq) over 18m.
  • Reyna Silver Corp., announced results from its 8,000m phase 2 drilling program conducted at its Guigui project in Chihuahua. Drilling highlights include hole GG21-31 with 130 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 2.62m, including 338 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over 0.7m, including 1,040 g/t Ag, 1.5% Pb, and 0.5% Zn over 0.18m, plus 54 g/t Ag, 2.2% Pb, and 9.9% Zn over 3.15m, including 128 g/t Ag, 3.7% Pb, and 16% Zn over 1.85m; hole GG21-30 with 233 g/t Ag, 0.02% Pb, and 0.02% Zn over 2.11m; hole GG21-31 with 105 g/t Ag, 4.9% Pb, and 0.6% Zn over 1.20m; and hole GG21-33 with 106 g/t Ag, 0.9% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 4.51m. The company reported that the mineralized skarn footprint now exceeds 0.5km2.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., released results from 88 grab samples collected at its Ana Maria project in Durango. Highlights include 246 g/t Ag, 0.03% Cu, 4.5% Pb, and 1.7% Zn; 578 g/t Ag, 0.03% Cu, 11.9% Pb, and 0.3% Zn; 442 g/t Ag, 0.04% Cu, 11.4% Pb, and 1.5% Zn; 163 g/t Ag, 0.04% Cu, 6.2% Pb, and 0.5% Zn; 168 g/t Ag, 0.01% Cu, 4.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn; 1,227 g/t Ag, 0.06% Cu, 25.7% Pb, and 0.6% Zn; 309 g/t Ag, 0.03% Cu, 2.3% Pb, and 4.8% Zn; 1,306 g/t Ag, 0.09% Cu, 20.4% Pb, and 7.4% Zn; and 792 g/t Ag, 0.04% Cu, 16.9% Pb, and 0.6% Zn. Silver Wolf is waiting for the final geophysical data interpretation to better define drill targets for later this year.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., commenced a maiden drilling program at its La Tigra project in Nayarit. This is the first ever drill program undertaken within the district and is focused primarily on areas defined by the ongoing trenching program. Trenching highlights include 1.22 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag (1.3 g/t AuEq) over 11.6m, including 2.52 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag (2.7 g/t AuEq) over 4.3m; 1.45 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag (1.57 g/t AuEq) over 12.8m, including 3.22 g/t Au and 35 g/t Ag (3.69 g/t AuEq) over 5.3m; 1.59 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag (1.63 g/t AuEq) over 24.2m, including 5.58 g/t Au and 4 g/t Ag (5.64 g/t AuEq) over 4.7m; and 1.78 g/t Au and 6 g/t Ag (1.85 g/t AuEq) over 22.9m, including 2.2 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag (2.3 g/t AuEq) over 7.1m.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., presented results from its drilling program conducted at its Opodepe project in Sonora. The drill program consisted of 3,289.6 m in 25 short holes. Drilling highlights include hole OPDS-21-001 with 4.79 g/t AuEq over 6.73m; hole OPDS-21-018 with 2.3 g/t AuEq over 1.91m; and hole OPDS-21-021 with 1.96 g/t AuEq over 2.19m. The first stage of drilling was focused on the upper part of the veins and has been considered as recognition drilling. “However, in this year 2022, the drilling is focused on the zone of the veins which the geologists have considered as favorable zones to find economic reserves”.

ON MINING

  • Gatos Silver Inc., reported Q1, 2022 production results from its 70%-owned Cerro Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua. The company milled 234,985 tonnes of 353 g/t Ag, 0.3 g/t Au, 2.2% Pb, and 4.1% Zn at metallurgical recoveries of 89.7%, 57.1% , 89.2%, and 64.3% respectively, to produce 2.39M Oz Ag, 1.3K Oz Au, 10.3M Lb Pb, and 13.8M Lb Zn. Gatos reported over USD $40M in cash as of March 31, 2022.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., announced Q1, 2022 production results from its Parral Tailings mine in Chihuahua. The company produced 186,655 Oz Ag, 2,791 Oz Au, and 280K Lb Cu (455,991 Oz AgEq).
  • Mexus Gold US completed an open pit test heap leach Au recovery process that produced 278 Oz Au from 6 test pits at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora.  The company is looking for a mining company to joint venture with at its Santa Elena mine. Mexus believes that the property contains > 1M Oz Au. It stated that is open to also JV its Ures Au-Ag-Cu property in Sonora.
  • Minera Alamos Inc., announced Q1, 2022 production results from its Santana mine in Sonora. It mined 600K tonnes to produce 3,390 Oz Au. Cumulative Au recovery from mineralization under leach for more that 30 days is now approximately 75% with additional recovery ongoing. The company reported that the total of Au inventory moved to leach pad to date is 14K Oz. In addition, the company announced that site preparation activities were initiated at the Nicho Main Zone with a goal to start mining activities at that deposit later in Q2-2022.
  • Orla Mining Ltd., presented Q1, 2022 production results from its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. The company mined 684,255 tonnes and processed 539,379 tonnes of 0.8 g/t Au to produce 23,031 Oz Au. Gold guidance for the full year 2022 is maintained by Orla at 90-100 Oz Au.

ON FINANCING

  • No relevant news.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Vizsla Silver Corp., reported that it filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR), an independent technical report containing a maiden mineral resource estimate on its Panuco project in Sinaloa.
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., commenced to drill test a large lithocap target discussed previously at its El Cobre project, Veracruz. The lithocap target was outlined by several exploration techniques, including geophysics, mineralogy, geochemistry and past drilling campaigns at the property.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., reported results from three underground drill holes collared at its San Marcial project, Sinaloa. The most significant drill intercepts were encountered in holes SM121-07 with 201 g/t Ag, 0.02 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over a true width (TW) of 3.7m, including 1,413 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.9% Pb, and 1.3% Zn over a TW of 0.2m, plus 124 g/t Ag, 0.01 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over a TW of 8.5m, including, 223 g/t Ag, 0.01 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over a TW of 2.4m, including 553 g/t Ag, 0.03 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over a TW of 0.5m. Results confirmed a significant expansion of high-grade Ag mineralization approximately 300m down dip below the lower limit of the pit-constrained San Marcial mineral resource. A two phase 4,500m drilling program is planned for 2022 at San Marcial to support future resource expansion and an updated NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., published results from 110 holes drilled on the oxide tailings project at its Avino property in Durango. The drilling program consisted of 3,645m. The drill density of the current program should be sufficient to upgrade most of the existing inferred mineral resources to the measured and indicated categories, and to potentially expand the resources. Selected highlights are shown below:
·        Golden Tag Resources Ltd., released results from hole 22-64 drilled at its San Diego mine, Durango. This hole is part of an exploration program targeting bulk-tonnage mineralization and encountered several mineralized intervals. Key highlights include 0.07 g/t Au, 45 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn, and 0.02% Cu (60 g/t AgEq) over 73.5m, including 0.45 g/t Au, 882 g/t Ag, 0.7% Pb, 0.8% Zn, and 0.17% Cu (980 g/t AgEq) over 0.91m, 0.31 g/t Au, 371 g/t Ag, 0.7% Pb, 0.4% Zn, and 0.07% Cu (441 g/t AgEq) over 2.80m, plus 0.24 g/t Au, 385 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, 1.4% Zn, and 0.05% Cu (482 g/t AgEq) over 1.80m, plus  0.2 g/t Au, 475 g/t Ag, 1% Pb, 4.9% Zn, and 0.15% Cu (734 g/t AgEq) over 0.53m (all in the 57 target zone); plus 3.64 g/t Au, 18 g/t Ag, 0.04% Pb, 0.1% Zn, and 0.01% Cu (317 g/t AgEq) over 0.60m (on the Montanez zone), plus 0.18 g/t Au, 212 g/t Ag, 1.8% Pb, 2.9% Zn, and 0.07% Cu (405 g/t AgEq) over 0.70m (on the Canta target area), plus 0.32 g/t Au, 355 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, 0.5% Zn, and 0.08% Cu (422 g/t AgEq) over 0.63, and plus 0.08 g/t Au, 286 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.6% Zn, and 0.06% Cu (331 g/t AgEq) over 1.04m (On the Rata target area). This result extends the open pit mineralization for over 290m vertical.
·        Silver Dollar Resources Inc., announced that phase 2 exploration drilling program is underway at its la Joya project in Durango. Phase 2 drilling will remain focused on the underexplored Noria portion of the Property and new targets that were identified in the results received to date from the Phase 1 drilling program, which consisted of 11 holes for a total of 2,424 m of drilling. Assays for the first seven holes were reported and results for the remaining holes are expected shortly.
·        Silver Viper Minerals Corp., conducted a TITAN-MT deep-penetrating geophysical survey centered on the El Rubi deposit, Paredones, and El Molino target areas at its La Virginia project in Chihuahua, to assist in targeting for deeper portions of the mineralized system. The TITAN Magnetotelluric (MT) survey is capable of acquiring information from depths in excess of 1,500m below surface. Geologist of the company have reviewed preliminary 2D imaging from the first of the MT survey lines and believe the method will be very effective at La Virginia property. Silver Viper expects to receive final deliverables in the coming weeks.
·        Starcore International Mines Ltd., provided an update on the diamond drilling program conducted at its San Martin mine in Querétaro. A total of 9,410m were drilled in 2021 until the end of March, 2022 which focused on two areas of the mine:  the first focusing on the northwest part of the operating mine, and the second searching for the extension of the orebodies of high – grade discovered during the 30 years of the mine’s life.  Highlights on the area 33 include hole DC3221-10 with 7.36 g/t Au and 28 g/t Ag over 3m; hole DC3221-11 with 2.21 g/t Au and 26 g/t Ag over 8m; hole DC3221-12 with 16.27 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag over 0.5m; and hole DC3221-15 with 12.2 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag over 0.60m. Highlights on the area 28 include hole DC2820-214 with 2.14 g/t Au and 57 g/t Ag over 2.4m; hole DC2820-215 with 2.42 g7t Au and 21 g/t Ag over 2.95m; and hole DC2821-217 with 8.08 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag over 2.15m.
·        Zacatecas Silver Corp., announced results from its ongoing diamond drilling program on the Panuco North and Panuco Central Veins at its Zacatecas project in Zacatecas state. Drilling highlights include hole PAN2022-042 with 1,423 g/t Ag and 0.28 g/t Au (1,440 g/t AgEq) over 1.25m; hole  PAN2022-044 with 353 g/t Ag and 0.29 g/t Au (379 g/t AgEq) over 4.35m; hole PAN2022-043 with 358 g/t Ag and 0.28 g/t Au (379 g/t AgEq) over 1.55m; hole PAN2022-046 with 201 g/t Ag and 0.28 g/t Au (222 g/t AgEq) over 1.05m; and hole PAN2022-045 with 115 g/t Ag and 0.85 g/t Au (179 g/t AgEq) over 5.96m. “Following the recent grant of 27 additional drill pads, Zacatecas Silver will be able to test the depth extension of mineralization at south-eastern Panuco North over a strike length of 600 m and to complete a maiden drill program along the central part of the Panuco North vein over a strike length of 1.4 km”.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

·        Sailfish Royalty Corp., provided an update on its previously announced Swordfish silver transaction. The proposed transaction is expected to result in the transfer of the Company’s wholly owned Gavilanes silver property located in Durango, Mexico. Closing of the Gavilanes Acquisition is subject to, among other things, Swordfish acquiring the Commonwealth Silver-Gold Project in exchange for shares of Swordfish, a concurrent private placement financing for proceeds of USD $5M.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

·        Esperanza Silver has a Community Engagement Plan to meet the objectives proposed by the New Socially and Environmentally Responsible Mining Model. It has the objective of developing a gold and silver mine in the lands of common use of the community of San Agustín Tetlamam, located in the municipality of Temixco in the state of Morelos. “This new way of developing mining, prioritizing social bonding and the use of techniques that allow avoiding, minimizing, mitigating and compensating for environmental impacts, is due to the genuine interest of Esperanza Silver de México and Alamos Gold Inc. in responding to the demands of a society interested in caring for the environment and the social environment.”

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On the picture above, flow banded rhyolite in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fourth Week of March, 2022. 

Sheetd quartz veins

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 12th week of the year (March 21st to March 27th, 2022), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with eight disclosing deals and corporate issues, seven reporting resources and developments of their properties, seven informing on exploration results, four communicating production and financial results, and two announcing financial issues,   ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Infinitum Copper commenced a geophysical survey at its Adelita project, Tocvan completed 1,540m of its phase III drilling program at its Pilar project and provided an update on its Picachos project, the Aztec Minerals-Kootenay JV released results from the ongoing 2022 RC program on its Cervantes project, and Benjamin Hill announced results of the recently completed induce polarization survey and provided an update on the ongoing drill program at its Sonora project. In Chihuahua, Radius announced drill results from its ongoing drilling program at its Amalia project. In Coahuila, Monumental announced that it will be visiting its Jemi heavy rare earth element property during the month of May. ON MINING, Fortuna Silver reported Q4 and full year 2021 production results from its San Jose Mine in Oaxaca. Golden Minerals announced full year 2021 financial results and provided a 2022 forecast for its Rodeo production in Durango. Impact Silver reported full year 2021 production and financial results from its Zacualpan mining district in the State of México. SilverCrest presented full year 2021 financial results. ON FINANCING, Endeavour closed a bought deal financing for gross proceeds of USD $46M, including the exercise of the over-allotment option in full (Pitarrilla project, Durango). Zacatecas Silver announced the closing of a $19.15M offering of subscription receipts (Esperanza Gold project, Morelos) ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Zacatecas Silver received the approval from the Mexican Federal Environmental Permitting Agency (SEMARNAT) for 27 new drill pads at its Panuco project, Zacatecas. Silver Tiger reported results from its ongoing drill program from its El Tigre project in Sonora. Torex announced it will release an updated technical report for the Morelos Complex by March 31, 2022. Silver Dollar reported results from the drilling program recently completed at its La Joya project in Durango. Golden Minerals completed technical reports for their Rodeo and Velardeña properties in Durango, including updated mineral resources. Golden Tag released results from 2 holes drilled at its San Diego project in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Guanajuato Silver announced the appointment of Ramón Dávila to the position of President (Cubo and Pinguico projects, Guanajuato). Avino closed the acquisition of La Preciosa project in Durango with Coeur Mining. Aztec Minerals informed that its common shares traded in USA under the symbol AZZTF are now Depository Trust Company (Cervantes project, Sonora). Gold Resource announced its 2022 annual meeting of shareholders (Don David Gold Mine, Oaxaca). Magna entered into an amending agreement with Peal de México on the acquisition of the San Francisco mine, Sonora. Tarachi announced the appointment of its VP of Operation, and signed a new land and water rights agreement with the local Magistral Ejido Community (Magistral Tailings project, Durango). Bear Creek provided an update on the acquisition of Mercedes mine in Sonora. GoGold reported results of six holes from its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Infinitum Copper Corp., commenced a magneto-telluric geophysical survey at its Adelita project in Sonora. It will consist of 10 lines totaling 14.8km and is expected to be completed in three weeks.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp., completed nine holes for a total of 1,540m of its phase III drilling program at its Pilar project in Sonora, looking to expand the Main Zone. All samples have been submitted to lab and results will be released once they are available. At Picachos project, the company is doing site visits to determine the best use of exploration funds in the near term. Currently, Tocvan has already obtained drill and trenching fully permits for 15km and 2km respectively. Drilling will take place once assessment of key target areas by mapping, geochemistry and geophysics are complete.
  • The Aztec Minerals Corp –Kootenay Silver Inc JV released results from the ongoing 2022 RC program on its Cervantes project in Sonora. Drilling highlights include hole CAL22-008 with 0.88 g/t Au over 54.72m, including 1.96 g/t Au over 13.72m, plus 0.74 g/t Au over 7.6m; hole CAL22-009 with 0.5 g/t Au over 86.64m; and hole CAL22-010 with 0.53 g/t Au over 138.82m, including 1.62 g/t Au over 10.67m. The Aztec-Kootenay JV has now completed its Phase 2 RC program with 26 holes for a total of 4,649m drilled. “It covers an area now measuring approximately 900m long by 250 to 500m wide, with demonstrated, continuous mineralization up to 265 metres depth vertically. The porphyry gold-copper mineralization is still open in all directions”. 
  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp., announced results of the recently completed induce polarization (IP) survey and provided an update on the ongoing drill program at its Sonora project in Sonora. The IP survey consisted of eight lines for a total of 11,200m over known zones of mineralization. Multiple geophysical anomalies were detected including seven high chargeability and six medium chargeability anomalies, and three high priority resistivity anomalies, and one medium priority resistivity anomaly. “The affinity of the geophysical anomalies with positive surface sampling results has provided the geological team with prime drill targets in each exploration area”. On the other hand, the company has completed 13 of the planned 32 holes for a total of 3,310.85m out of the 8,500m planned. Assays are still pending.
  • Radius Gold Inc., announced drill results from its ongoing drilling program on El Cuervo target at its Amalia project in Chihuahua. Drilling highlights include hole AMDD21-49 with 144 g/t Ag and 0.92 g/t Au over a true width (TW) of 15.3m, including 190 g/t Ag and 1.01 g/t Au over a TW of 9.1m, including 469 g/t Ag and 0.97 g/t Au over a TW of 0.9m, including 483 g/t Ag and 3.94 g/t Au over a TW of 1m; and hole AMDD21-48 with 116 g/t Ag and 1.39 g/t Au over a TW of 1.5m, plus 32 g/t Ag and 0.56 g/t Au over a TW of 1.3m, plus 77 g/t Ag and 0.61 g/t Au over a TW of 6.1m, including 125 g/t Ag and 0.68 g/t Au over a TW of 2.1m, and 54 g/t Ag and 0.34 g/t Au over a TW of 36.6m, including 84 g/t Ag and 0.75 g/t Au over a TW of 10.1m, including 139 g/t Ag and 4.02 g/t Au over a TW of 1.65m.
  • Monumental Minerals Corp., announced that it will be visiting its Jemi heavy rare earth element property during the month of May to field review airborne radiometric and magnetic geophysical features that relate to peralkaline rocks and associated ore-grade concentrations of rare earth elements, with the aim of defining drill targets.

ON MINING

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., reported Q4 and full year 2021 production results from its San Jose Mine in Oaxaca. In Q4, 2021 the company milled 262,282 tonnes of 219 g/t Ag and 1.27 g/t Au with metallurgical recoveries of 93% and 92% respectively, to produce 1.72 M Oz Ag and 9.9K Oz Au. It sold 1.73M Oz Ag and 9,983 Oz Au at a realized price of USD $23.35 per Oz Ag and USD $1,797 per Oz Au. Fortuna reported a cash and all in sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $9.15 and USD $14.52 per Oz AgEq respectively, and a net smelting royalty (NSR) of USD $207.57 per tonne. For the full year 2021, the company reported that it milled 1,041,154 tonnes of 209 g/t Ag and 1.29 g/t Au with metallurgical recoveries of 92% and 91% respectively, to produce 6.62M Oz Ag and 39.4K Oz Au. Fortuna sold 6.43M Oz Ag and 34.4K Oz Au at a realized price of USD $25.15 per Oz Ag and USD $1,798 per Oz Au. The company reported a cash and AISC of USD $9.30 and USD $14.38 per Oz AgEq respectively, and a NSR of USD $210.95 per tonne.
  • Golden Minerals Company announced full year 2021 production and financial results and provided a 2022 forecast for its Rodeo production in Durango. The company processed from Rodeo mine, Durango the amount of 149K tonnes of 4.1g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag with metallurgical recoveries of 75% and 90% respectively to produce 14.4K Oz Au and 59.9K Oz Ag at a cash cost of USD $937 per payable Oz Au. In addition, Golden reported revenues of USD $25.6M, a net operating margin of USD $12.3M, a cost of metals sold of USD $13.3M, cash and equivalents balance of USD $12.2M and a cash inflow of USD $16.6M. The company also provided a 2022 forecast for its Rodeo mine. It expects to process between 175K-180K tonnes of 2.9g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag, with metallurgical recoveries of approximately 80% for both Au and Ag to produce between 12K-14K Oz Au and 42K-47K Oz Ag at a cash cost of USD $1,100-USD$ 1,200 per Oz Au.
  • Impact Silver Corp., reported full year 2021 production and financial results from its Zacualpan mining district in the State of México. The company milled 145,458 tonnes of 172 g/t Ag to produce 617.7K Oz Ag. It sold 633.9K Oz Ag. Impact reported revenue of $17.7M, a mine operating earnings before amortization and depreciation of $4.7M,  earnings before interests, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $1.5M, cash flow from operations of $3M, cash position of $21.1M, and working capital of $21.5M.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., presented full year 2021 financial results. The company reported cash and cash equivalents for USD $176.5M and USD $30M remains under a USD $120M project financing facility. It also reported a cash inflow offset by USD $32.9M. During 2021, SilverCrest committed 7.2% (USD $103.6M) of the USD $137.7M feasibility study capital cost estimate. Of the remaining capital to be incurred in 2022, 20.7% (USD $8.9M) is related to the Ausenco fixed price engineering, procurement and construction contract for process plant construction and 14.7% (USD $6.3M) is unused contingency. 

ON FINANCING

  • Endeavour Silver Corp., closed a bought deal financing for gross proceeds of USD $46M, including the exercise of the over-allotment option in full. Gross proceeds will be used by the company to pay the USD $35M cash consideration payable to SSR Mining Inc., for the acquisition of Pitarrilla project in Durango, as well as for general corporate purposes and working capital.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., announced the closing of a $19.15M offering of subscription receipts. Net proceeds will be used to pay the USD $5M cash consideration for the acquisition of the Esperanza Gold project to Alamos Gold, begin the advancing the Esperanza project towards production, fund the ongoing drill program at the company´s existing project and for general working capital purposes.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., received the approval from the Mexican Federal Environmental Permitting Agency (SEMARNAT) for 27 new drill pads at its Panuco project, Zacatecas. The company is presently completing environmental studies at Muleros and San Manuel ahead of drill pad applications.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., reported results from its ongoing drill program from its El Tigre project in Sonora. Drilling highlights include hole ET-21-296 on Sooy Vein with 1.73 g/t Au, 687 g/t Ag, 0.01% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (822 g/t AgEq) over 25.9m, including 2.30 g/t Au, 921 g/t Ag, 0.02% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (1,101 g/t AgEq) over 19m, including 4.65 g/t Au, 1,877 g/t Ag, 0.03% Cu, 0.4% Pb, and 0.02% Zn (2,239 g/t AgEq) over 9.2m, including 0.39 g/t Au, 2,450 g/t Ag, 0.03% Cu, 0.3% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (2,489 g/t AgEq) over 2.9m; and hole ET-22-319 on Sooy Vein with 0.24 g/t Au, 160 g/t Ag, 0.01% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (186 g/t AgEq) over 17.3m, including 0.56 g/t Au, 362 g/t Ag, 0.02% Cu, 0.6% Pb, and 0.02% Zn (420 g/t AgEq) over 6.5m, including 1.15 g/t Au, 690 g/t Ag, 0.04% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (804 g/t AgEq) over 2.5m, including 1.44 g/t Au, 887 g/t Ag, 0.07% Cu, 1% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (1,024 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., announced it will release an updated technical report for the Morelos Complex by March 31, 2022.
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc., reported results from the drilling program recently completed at its La Joya project in Durango. Drilling highlights include holes NOR-21-002 with 110 g/t Ag, 0.19 g/t Au, 0.04% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.3% Zn (131 g/t AgEq) over 5.37m, including 141.3 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.04% Cu, 0.4% Pb, and 0.4% Zn (161 g/t AgEq); and hole NOR-21-004 with 49 g/t Ag, 19.2 g/t Au, 0.48% Cu, and 0.03% Zn (1,590 g/t AgEq) over 3m, plus 17 g/t Ag, 4.3 g/t Au, 0.1% Cu, and 0.01% Zn (363 g/t AgEq) over 8.37m, including 58 g/t Ag, 29 g/t Au, 0.15% Cu, and 0.01% Zn (2,369 g/t AgEq) over 1.01m. “Drilling focused on the underexplored Noria portion of the Property and was successful in identifying possible structural extensions of the known mineralized zones as well as the discovery of a new shallow high-grade gold zone. The next phase of drilling will focus on these new targets and is expected to commence before month-end”.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., reported results of six holes drilled at the Mololoa deposit within its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Significant mineralization was encountered in hole LRGM-21-093 with 0.19 g/t Au and 111 g/t Ag (1.68 g/t AuEq or 126 g/t AgEq) over 1.7m, plus 0.16 g/t Au and 213 g/t Ag (3.01 g/t AuEq or 226 g/t AgEq) over 2.3m, including 0.59 g/t Au and 912 g/t Ag (12.75 g/t AuEq or 956 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, plus 0.28 g/t Au and 100 g/t Ag (1.62 g/t AuEq or 122 g/t AgEq) over 31.9m, including 3.33 g/t Au and 827 g/t Ag (14.36 g/t AuEq or 1,077 g/t AgEq) over 0.6m; and hole LRGM-21-104 with 1.09 g/t Au and 235 g/t Ag (4.22 g/t AuEq or 317 g/t AgEq) over 33.4m, including 3.56 g/t Au and 765 g/t Ag (13.76 g/t AuEq or 1,032 g/t AgEq) over 9.8m, including 8.48 g/t Au and 1,682 g/t Ag (30.9 g/t AuEq or 2,317 g/t AgEq) over 3.5m, including 17.15 g/t Au and 3,080 g/t Ag (58.22 g/t AuEq or 4,366 g/t AgEq) over 1.1m.
  • Golden Minerals Company completed technical reports for their Rodeo and Velardeña properties in Durango, including updated mineral resources. At Rodeo, Durango, Mineral Resources were calculated having an effective date of October 31, 2021, assuming prices of USD $1,800/ Oz Au and USD $25/Oz Ag.  For the low-grade material (stockpile), a cutoff of 1.0 g/t Au was considered to estimate measured resources of 208,500 tonnes grading 1.24 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag for a total of 8.3K Oz Au and 67.2K Oz Ag contained; indicated resources of 86,400 tonnes of 1.58 g/t Au and 5 g/t Ag for a total of 2.1K Oz Au and 9.4K Oz Ag contained. Measured + Indicated resources are 264,900 tonnes of 1.23 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag for a total of 10.5K Oz Au and 76.6K Oz Ag contained. Inferred resources are 1,500 tonnes of 1.2 g/t Au and 4 g/t Ag for a total of 58 Oz Au and 198 Oz Ag contained. For the high-grade material a cutoff of 1.6 g/t Au was considered to estimate measured resources of 10,700 tonnes grading 3.11 g/t Au and 13 g/t Ag for a total of 31.1K Oz Au and 131K Oz Ag contained; indicated resources of 43,700 tonnes grading 3.17 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag for a total of 4.5K Oz Au and 15K Oz Ag contained. Measured + Indicated resources are 954,400 tonnes of 3.12 g/t Au and 13 g/t Ag for a total of 35.6K Oz Au and 146K Oz Ag contained. The Life of Mine is 24 months of operation and assumes 12 months to perform closure and reclamation.  The company reported a pre-tax net present value (NPV) of USD $22.9M using a discount rate of 8%. At Velardeña, Durango, Mineral Resources were calculated having an effective date of February 28, 2022, assuming prices of USD $1,744/Oz Au, USD $23.70/Oz Ag, USD $0.97/Lb Pb, and USD $1.15/Lb Zn. Mineral resources are reported at a Net Smelting Royalty of USD $175. Measured resources estimated are 385K tonnes of 327 g/t Ag, 5.58 g/t Au, 1.6% Pb, and 1.8% Zn for a total of 4M Oz Ag, 69K Oz Au, 13.75M Lb Pb, and 15.1M Lb Zn contained; Indicated resources estimated are 883.8K tonnes of 316 g/t Ag, 4.88 g/t Au, 1.5% Pb, and 1.8% Zn for a total of 8.98M Oz Ag, 138.5K Oz Au, 30.16M Lb Pb, and 34.34M Lb Zn contained. Measured + Indicated resources are 1,268,800 tonnes of 319 g/t Ag, 5.09 g/t Au, 1.6% Pb, and 1.8% Zn for a total of 13.03M Oz Ag, 207.5K Oz Au, 43.9M Lb Pb, and 49.94M Lb Zn contained. Inferred resources estimated are 1,709,200 tonnes of 362 g/t Ag, 4.8 g/t Au, 1.7% Pb, and 1.9% Zn for a total of 19.89M Oz Ag, 263.8K Oz Au, 65.26M Lb Pb, and 70.2M Lb Zn. The Life of Mine is 11 years, with a pre-tax NVP of USD $119M using a discount rate of 8%.
  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd., released results from 2 holes drilled at its San Diego project in Durango. Hole 21-62 intersected several structures. This hole encountered 0.04 g/t Au, 214 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.5% Zn ,and 0.03% Cu (244 g/t AgEq) over 1.75m, plus 0.06 g/t Au, 107 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.08% Zn, and 0.03% Cu (122 g/t AgEq) over 0.50m (in the San Jose Zone), plus 1.29 g/t Au, 72 g/t Ag, 0.04% Pb, 0.07% Zn, and 0.02% Cu (182 g/t AgEq) over 2m (on the 57 NE A Zone), plus 0.1 g/t Au, 305 g/t Ag, 2% Pb,3% Zn, and 0.09% Cu (504 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m, plus 0.12 g/t Au, 137 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 0.6% Zn, and 0.05% Cu (187 g/t AgEq) over 0.65m (in the 57 NE B zone). Hole 21-63 also intersected several mineralized intervals. Highlights include 0.48 g/t Au, 142 g/t Ag, 1.3% Pb, 1.6% Zn, and 0.12% Cu (295 g/t AgEq) over 2.10m, plus 0.11 g/t Au, 147 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, 0.8% Zn, and 0.04% Cu (211 g/t AgEq) over 0.60m (in the 57 NE B zone), plus 0.16 g/t Au, 284 g/t Ag, 4.4% Pb, 1.4% Zn, and 0.04% Cu (491 g/t AgEq) over 0.50m (in the Montanez zone), plus 0.11 g/t Au, 76 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, 1.4% Zn, and 0.05% Cu (166 g/t AgEq) over 10.15m, including 0.15 g/t Au, 229 g/t Ag, 2.2% Pb, 5.6% Zn, and 0.09% Cu (541 g/t AgEq) over 1.66m, plus 0.11 g/t Au, 146 g/t Ag, 1.2% Pb, 1.5% Zn, and 0.1% Cu (260 g/t AgEq) over 1m, plus 0.28 g/t Au, 730 g/t Ag, 4% Pb, 4.6% Zn, and 0.4% Cu (1,095 g/t AgEq) over 0.57m (in the Canta Zone).

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., closed the acquisition of La Preciosa project in Durango with Coeur Mining Inc., by paying USD $15.3M in cash; a promissory note for USD $5M in favour of Coeur, payable without interest on or before March 21. 2023;  the issuance of 14M common shares of Avino to Coeur; the issuance of 7M share purchase warrants exercisable at USD $1.09 per share until September 21, 2023; an additional cash payment of USD $8.75M, to be paid no later than 12 months after initial production at La Preciosa; a 1.25% NSR on the La Gloria and Abundancia areas of La Preciosa and 2% gross value royalty on all of other areas of La Preciosa; and a payment of USD $0.25 per silver equivalent ounce of new mineral reserves discovered and declared outside of the current mineral resource area at La Preciosa, subject to a cap of USD $50M.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp., informed that its common shares traded in USA under the symbol AZZTF are now Depository Trust Company. It will increase the visibility and accessibility of the Aztec common shares for current and potential shareholders in USA (Cervantes project, Sonora).
  • Gold Resource Corporation announced its 2022 annual meeting of shareholders (Don David Gold Mine, Oaxaca).
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., announced the appointment of Ramón Dávila to the position of President (Cubo and Pinguico projects, Guanajuato).
  • Magna Gold Corp., entered into an amending agreement with Peal de México on the acquisition of the San Francisco mine, Sonora. Magna amended the agreement to settle outstanding amounts owing in exchange for the issuance of common shares of the company with a value of USD $1M, which reduced the company´s amount owing by USD $1M from USD $4,054,351 to USD $3,054,351.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., announced the appointment of its VP of Operation, and signed a new land and water rights agreement with the local Magistral Ejido Community. “The Land Lease Agreement is for a 30-year term, granting Tarachi and its Mexican subsidiary’s use of 63.9 hectares of land for mining, processing, and tailings disposal purposes. The Company will pay to the Ejido an amount of MXP $5K (approximately USD $250) per month to maintain the right to retrieve water from within the Ejido’s territory and use of the Ejido’s water related infrastructure. The company and the Ejido have also amended their existing exclusive agreement to purchase mine and process certain tailings materials belonging to the Ejido. The amendment will result in an increase of USD $0.25 per tonne in the purchase fee paid by the Company for Ejido tailings material when gold prices are above USD $1475/Oz, compared to the previous agreement terms.
  • Bear Creek Mining Corporation provided an update on the acquisition of the Mercedes mine in Sonora. The completion of the acquisition remains subject to anti-trust approval which the company expects to receive in April 2022. On March 24, 2022, the company and Equinox Gold agreed to extend the outside date for the completion of the Acquisition to April 30, 2022. “The Company has become aware that on March 23, 2022, TRR Offtakes LLC (“Trident”) – a subsidiary of Trident Royalties Plc which in January 2022 acquired a non-material offtake agreement with subsidiaries of Equinox Gold – brought an application for an order of an arbitrator restraining and enjoining the closing of the Acquisition (the “Application”). Bear Creek believes the Application is without merit. The Company intends to hold Trident fully responsible for all loss and damage Bear Creek may suffer as a consequence of Trident’s interfering conduct”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No relevant news.

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On the picture above, sheeted quartz veins in an intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein system in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of March, 2022. 

Malachite after chalcopyrite in a hydrothermal breccia.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 10th week of the year (March 7th to March 13th, 2022), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 3 news published by the media, with nine reporting resources and developments of their properties, four informing on exploration results, four communicating production and financial results, three discussing social issues, two announcing financial issues, and one disclosing deals and corporate issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Spruce filed environmental permits to drill at their the Diamante, Mezquite and Jackie projects. In Durango, Canasil provided a review of the results from its 2020-21 drill program on the Candy Vein at its Nora project and Silver Wolf provided a 2021 year in review and 2022 outlook on its Ana Maria property. ON MINING, Endeavour reported consolidated full year 2021 production and financial results from their mining operations in México. First Majestic announced Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations. Gatos Silver presented Q4 and 2021 year-end production and financial results from its 70% owned Cerro Los Gatos operation in Chihuahua, and provided a corporate update. Gold Resource provided Q4 and year-end 2021 production and financial results from its Don David Gold mine in Oaxaca.  ON FINANCING, Argonaut sold 9.74M of common shares of Magna Gold for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $6.82M. Kootenay closed a brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $4.78M and a non-brokered portion of the offering for gross proceeds of approximately $1.47M, for total aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $6.25M (Columba project, Chihuahua). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Altaley announced positive Pre-Feasibility Study and updated Mineral Resources and Reserves at its Tahuehueto project, Durango. Capitan Mining released results from its ongoing RC drilling program at its Cruz de Plata project (former referred as Peñoles) in Durango.  Magna Gold released results from the first 22 of 43 drill holes completed at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Prime Mining reported results from its ongoing drilling program at its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Avino announced drill results from the La Potosina area at its Avino project, Durango. Azucar Minerals reported that it will commence to drill test a new large lithocap alteration at its El Cobre project, Veracruz.  Barksdale released results from its phase I, 5,000m drilling program at the Cerro Verde zone on its San Javier project, Sonora. Vizsla reported results from seven new drill holes collared on the Copala and Christiano veins within its Panuco project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Ranchero Gold announced the appointments of two new members to its Board of Directors (Santa Daniela project, Sonora). Fabled announced that it has completed the planning of its phase 2 definition diamond drill program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc reported the return to face-to-face work in the state, and the opening of its outdoor activities. Grupo Mexico, within the framework of the International Mother Language Day, held activities related to the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in the communities where it has a presence. Media Luna Mining Company (Torex Gold) ratified for the sixth consecutive year the collaboration agreement with fishing cooperatives in the Balsas River Basin in Guerrero.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., filed environmental permits with the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment (SEMARNAT) to drill at their the Diamante, Mezquite and Jackie projects in Sonora. Approvals from SEMARNAT are expected to be obtained by late March, 2022.
  • Canasil Resources Inc., provided a review of the results from its 2020-21 drill program on the Candy Vein at its Nora project. 13 drill holes were completed for a total of 3,296m to test the Candy vein over a strike distance of 500m and to a vertical depth of 250m below surface. All the holes encountered the mineralized vein with the highest true width x grade value on hole NRE-21-11 with 5.31 g/t Au and 336 g/t Ag (748 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 11.29m, giving a TW x grade value of 8,445 g/t AgEq x m. The drill results show that the Candy vein hosts consistently high grade gold and silver mineralization over appreciable widths. The Candy vein is known over 3km long but only 500m have been drill tested. Additionally, Canasil reported that systematic grid soil sampling over a 2km east-west and 3km north-south area covering the central zone of the project returned widespread silver, gold, copper, zinc and lead geochemical anomalies. “The gold and silver anomalies are particularly strong over the 3-Km strike extent of the Candy vein structure on the western side of the project area, as well as to the southwest and east of the Candy vein structure. A strong silver and gold anomaly also extends for 1.5 Km southwest from the location of the above high grade drill intercepts on the Candy vein and a breccia target has been identified to the south with potential for hosting bulk tonnage disseminated silver-gold mineralization”.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., provided a 2021 year in review and 2022 outlook on its Ana Maria property in Durango. The accomplished goals on 2021 include the completion of a NI-43-101 compliant technical report on the properties; an Aster satellite imaging survey, an airborne LiDAR and Hyperspectral imaging survey, an Airborne geophysical data survey, the application to expand the land package by 3x, and the completion of the 2021 mapping and sampling program to identify prospective areas and uncover previous historical workings. The company also provided a 2022 outlook that include the completion of the geophysical data interpretation, to define drill targets for the initial drill program, to apply and receive drill permits, to mobilize drilling equipment to execute an initial drill program, and to receive approval from the Mexican authorities on the expanded land application.

ON MINING

  • Endeavour Silver Corp., reported consolidated full year 2021 production and financial results from their mining operations in México. The company mined 887,424 tonnes to produce 4.87M Oz Ag, and 42.3K Oz Au at a cash cost of USD $9.31 per Oz Ag, a total production cost of USD $14.70 per Oz Ag, and all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $20.34 per Oz Ag. Endeavor sold 3.86 M Oz Ag and 39.1K Oz Au and reported revenues of USD $165.3M, adjust net earnings of USD $(-8.6M), mine operating earnings of USD $36.4M, EBIDTA of USD $54.9M, and working capital of USD $121.2M.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., announced Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations. The below tables show the figures per separate mine for Q4, and full year 2021.

First Majestic reported consolidated financial results (including Jerritt Canyon mine in USA). It reported revenues of USD $204.9M and USD $584.1M respectively for the periods Q4, and full year 2021; mine operating earnings of USD $40.4M and USD $101.4M respectively; loss earnings of USD $4M and USD $4.9M respectively; operating cash flows before working capital and taxes of USD $71.8M and USD $176.8M respectively; cash and cash equivalents of USD $237.9M in each period; working capital of USD $224.4M in each period; and free cash flow of USD $66.4M and USD ($16.9M) for Q4 and full year 2021 respectively.

  • Gatos Silver Inc., presented Q4 and 2021 year-end production and financial results from its 70% owned Cerro Los Gatos operation in Chihuahua, and provided a corporate update. On Q4, 2021, the company milled 241,397 tonnes of 331 g/t Ag, 0.3 g/t Au, 2.2% Pb, and 3.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 90%, 63%, 91% and 73% respectively, to produce 2.3M Oz Ag, 1.3K Oz Au, 10.2M Lb Pb, and 12.9M Lb Zn. Average realized price per Oz Ag, Oz Au, Lb Pb, and Lb Zn were USD $23.08, USD $1,804, USD $1.04, and USD $1.58 respectively. For the full year, Gatos milled 909,886 tonnes of 295 g/t Ag, 0.32 g/t Au, 2.3% Pb, and 3.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 88%, 63%, 90% and 73% respectively, to produce 7.6M Oz Ag, 5.2K Oz Au, 39.8M Lb Pb, and 49.6M Lb Zn. Average realized price per Oz Ag, Oz Au, Lb Pb, and Lb Zn were USD $24.51, USD $1,804, USD $0.99, and USD $1.36 respectively. The company reported exploration expenses, operating costs and sales  for the period Q4, 2021 of USD $0.3 , USD $3.8M, and USD &72.9M respectively, while for the full year 2021 of USD $1.7, USD $19.3M, and USD $251.2M respectively. Gatos provided its 2022 guidance and expects to produce between 8.5- 9M Oz Ag, 4-4.5K Oz Au, 36-40M Lb Pb, and 49-54M Lb Zn at AISC of USD $16.5-18.5 per payable silver on Co-product basis and USD $13-15 per payable silver on by-product basis.
  • Gold Resource Corporation provided Q4 and year-end 2021 production and financial results from its Don David Gold mine in Oaxaca. On Q4, 2021 the company milled 135,398 tonnes of 1.93 g/t Au, 82 g/t Ag, 0.38% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 4.8% Zn to produce 1.8K Oz Au, 287.8K Oz Ag, 907.2K Lb Cu, 4.6M Lb Pb, and 9.33M Lb Zn at average metal prices realized of USD $1,811 per Oz Au, USD $23.51 per Oz Ag, USD $9,768 per tonne of Cu, usd $2,339 per tonne of Pb, and USD $3,446 per tonne of Zn. On the full year 2021, Gatos milled 501,978 tonnes of 2.01 g/t Au, 80 g/t Ag, 0.39% Cu, 1.9% Pb, and 4.4% Zn to produce 22.6K Oz Au, 1.06M Oz Ag, 3.18M Lb Cu, 13-4M Lb Pb, and 30.3M Lb Zn at average metal prices realized of USD $1,796 per Oz Au, USD $25.06 per Oz Ag, USD $9,553 per tonne of Cu, USD $2,268 per tonne of Pb, and USD $3,091 per tonne of Zn. On Q4, 2021, the company reported sales for USD $38.6M, EBIDTA of USD $10.3M, and operating cost of USD $12.9M, while on the full year 2021 it reported USD $125.2M, USD $33.64M, and USD $34.78M respectively.

ON FINANCING

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., sold 9.74M of common shares of Magna Gold at a price of CAD $0.70 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $6.82M.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., closed a brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $4.78M and a non-brokered portion of the offering for gross proceeds of approximately $1.47M, for total aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $6.25M. Gross proceeds will be used for exploration activities, working capital and other general corporate purposes (Columba project, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Altaley Mining Corporation announced positive Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) and updated Mineral Resources and Reserves at its Tahuehueto project, Durango. Highlights of the PFS include a throughput of 1,000 tonnes per day; a mine life of 10.9 years; a pre-tax net cash flow of USD $240.9M; a total capital cost of USD $56.9M; an all in sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $844 per Oz AuEq; a pre-tax Net Present Value (VNP) of USD $152.8M at 5% discount rate; an EBIDTA of USD $246.1M, and an internal rate of return (IRR) of 45%. The company also updated Mineral Resources and Reserves. It reported Proven+ Probable Reserves of 3.58M tonnes grading 2.55 g/t Au, 50 g/t Ag, 0.26% Cu, 1.1% Pb, and 1.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 87%, 85%, 85%, 85% and 68& respectively to contain 294K Oz Au, 5.7M Oz Ag, 20.55M Lb Cu, 87.36M Lb Pb, and 151.6M Lb Zn. Altaley also reported Measured +Indicated Resources of 6.26M tonnes grading 2.11 g/t Au, 47 g/t Ag, 0.27% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 2% Zn (4.47 g/t AuEq) to contain 415K Oz Au, 9.4M Oz Ag, 36.6M Lb Cu, 123.9M Lb Pb, and 273.3M Lb Zn (900K Oz AuEq); and Indicated Resources of 918K tonnes grading 1.02 g/t Au, 29 g/t Ag, 0.15% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 2% Zn (3.05 g/t AuEq) to contain 30K Oz Au, 840K Oz Ag, 3M Lb Cu, 23.5M Lb Pb, and 39.7M Lb Zn (90K Oz AuEq).
  • Capitan Mining Inc., released results from its ongoing RC drilling program at its Cruz de Plata project (former referred as Peñoles) in Durango. Hole 21-JMRC03 drilled on Jesus Maria Vein system returned 0.37 g/t Au, 177 g/t Ag, 3.2% Pb, and 3.6% Zn (435 g/t AgEq) over 10.7m, including 0.71 g/t Au, 290 g/t Ag, 6.8% Pb, 6.6% Zn (798 g/t AgEq) over 11.5m, including 0.45 g/t Au, 258 g/t Ag, 4.7% Pb, and 5% Zn (620 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.27 g/t Au, 370 g/t Ag, 5.6% Pb, and 8% Zn (860 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.55 g/t Au, 122 g/t Ag, 2.6% Pb, and 3% Zn (358 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.51 g/t Au, 281 g/t Ag, 5.9% Pb, and 3.8% Zn (641 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m. Assays are still pending for 11 RC holes out of 15 completed.
  • Magna Gold Corp., released results from the first 22 of 43 drill holes completed at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Drill highlights include hole MAR-21-002 with 139 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb and 0.6% Zn over 46.8m, including 801 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 0.8% Zn over 2.85m; hole MAR-21-004 with 113 g/t Ag, 0.03% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 32.55m, including 300 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 6m; hole MAR-21-005 with 133 g/t Ag, 0.05% Pb and 0.2% Zn over 39.5m, including 540 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over 1.85m, and 301 g/t Ag, 0.06% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 5.1m; hole MAR-21-016 with 157 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 1.1% Zn over 29.5m, including 0.31 g/t Au, 821 g/t Ag, 2.4% Pb, and 5.6% Zn over 3.9m; hole MAR-21-020 with 156 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.5% Zn over 55.95m, including 498 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 1.6% Zn over 12.8m;and hole MAR-21-022 with 127 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over 19.2m, including 0.3 g/t Au, 567 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 1.4% Zn over 3.55m, and 110 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 0.6% Zn over 16.55m, including 0.18 g/t Au, 440 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, and 1.8% Zn over 3m. Magna plans to release a maiden resource toward the end of the Q1, 2022. This resource estimate will lead to the completion of the first ever preliminary economic assessment (PEA) shortly thereafter.
  • Prime Mining Corp., reported results from its ongoing drilling program at Guadalupe East on its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Hole 22GE-33 intersected multiple mineralized intervals. This hole intersected 11.60 g/t Au and 219 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 1.20m, then a 3.7m stope, to continue with 3.33 g/t Au and 115 g/t Ag over a TW of 29.29m, including 2.68 g/t Au, and 93 g/t Ag over a TW of 6.10m, and including 6.57 g/t Au and 137 g/t Ag over a TW of 9m, including 30.9 g/t Au and 605 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.20m, and including 3.67 g/t Au and 204 g/t Ag over a TW of 10.40m, including 8.39 g/t Au and 321 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.10m. This hole is located on the west side of the Guadalupe East conceptual open pit. There are currently 15 pending drill holes at Guadalupe East out of a total of 49 completed.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., announced drill results from its 2,400m drilling program conducted in 2021 on the La Potosina area at its Avino project, Durango. Highlights include hole LP-21-06 with 0.09 g/t Au, 270 g/t Ag, 0.25% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 2.5% Zn (463 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 1.7m, including 0.09 g/t Au, 1,257 g/t Ag, 0.48% Cu, 2.8% Pb, and 4.4% Zn (1,641 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.20m, including 0.08 g/t Au, 510 g/t Ag, 0.6% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 5% Zn (918 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.35m, including 0.07 g/t Au, 406 g/t Ag, 0.44% Cu, 1.3% Pb, and 4.2% Zn (717 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.45m; and hole LP-21-007 with 0.4 g/t Au, 617 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (668 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.87m. On 2022, Avino plans include an additional 40 holes with 6,000m of drilling to test the continuity of the vein at elevations above 2,100m while looking for favorable dilation structures in the northwest.
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., reported that it will commence to drill test a new large lithocap alteration at its El Cobre project, Veracruz. A mineral mapping study conducted on this area defined a strong alteration signature interpreted to reflect the surface zoning of an underlying porphyry body.
  • Barksdale Resources Corp., released results from its phase I, 5,000m drilling program at the Cerro Verde zone on its San Javier project, Sonora. Drilling highlights include hole SJ21-31 with 0.05% Cu and 1.11 g/t Au over 36m, including 0.03% Cu and 1.71 g/t Au over 15m, and 0.06% Cu and 1.89 g/t Au over 3m, plus 0.54% Cu over 48m, including 1.35% Cu over 6m; and hole SJ21-35 with 0.24% Cu over 6m, plus 0.22% Cu over 12m, plus 0.35% Cu over 15m. Drilling results confirmed and expanded the footprint of the Cerro Verde Zone.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., announced that it has completed the planning of its phase 2 definition diamond drill program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua as well as a plan to drill test other structures in the property. This second phase will consist of a minimum of 5,000m for definition drilling, and drill test possible structural dilation zones on the Northeast and secondary mineralized structures, identified after performing a property wide mapping & sampling as well as an structural interpretation. “Once the field work and observations have been completed the phase 2 exploration first priority drill targets will be defined in the coming weeks”.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp., reported results from seven new drill holes collared on the Copala and Christiano veins within its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Drill highlights include hole CS-21-116 with 97 g/t Ag and 0.55 g/t Au (141 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 2.4m, and 1,559 g/t Ag and 7.29  g/t Au (2,142 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 7.81m, including 2,728 g/t Ag and 13.10 g/t Au (3,775 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.60m, and 1,531 g/t Ag and 6.94 g/t Au (2,086 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 3.14m; hole CS-21-123 with 248 g/t Ag and 2.03 g/t Au (410 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 14.45m, including 1,237 g/t Ag and 10.53 g/t Au (2,078 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.09m, and including 197 g/t Ag and 1.45 g/t Au (312 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.68m; hole CS-21-115 with 1,900 g/t Ag and 11.09 g/t Au (2,787 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.21m; and hole CS-21-112 with 682 g/t Ag and 5.51 g/t Au (1,122 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.73m, including 973 g/t Ag and 7.97 g/t Au (1,610 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.1m. The Copala Vein has now been tested with 17 holes with mineralization open in all directions.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Ranchero Gold Corp., announced the appointments of two new members to its Board of Directors, and the addition of Ken Balleweg to its Technical Advisory team (Santa Daniela project, Sonora).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo plc reported the return to face-to-face work in the state, and the opening of its outdoor activities, taking into account the hygiene and healthy distance measures promoted by the health authorities, as well as the presentation of the vaccination certificate for access the corresponding facilities. For Fresnillo plc, physical activation represents one of the stronger pillars for the people development.
  • Grupo Mexico, within the framework of the International Mother Language Day, held activities related to the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in the communities where it has a presence.
  • Media Luna Mining Company (Torex Gold) ratified for the sixth consecutive year the collaboration agreement with fishing cooperatives in the Balsas River Basin in Guerrero. F is the second most important economic activity in the mining corridor, so the commitment is to help to consolidate economic activities in the communities.

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On the picture above, malachite after chalcopyrite in a hydrothermal breccia from an intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein system in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fourth Week of February, 2022. 

Quartz Vein

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 8th week of the year (February 21st to February 27th, 2022), at least 24 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 6 news published by the media, with eight reporting resources and developments of their properties, six disclosing deals and corporate issues, four informing on exploration results, three discussing social issues, three communicating production results, three announcing financial issues, and three commenting on Mexican issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Magna Gold announced that after several inspections at its San Francisco mine in Sonora, the suspension of the crushing and laboratory areas has been lifted. Mexico was the largest silver producer country in 2021. Marisol Barragán swore in as President of the Mexico City District of Mujeres WIM Mexico.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec-Kootenay JV released results from the ongoing RC drilling program conducted at the Cervantes project, and Ranchero Gold released the final results from its recently completed phase 1 drill program at its Maíz Azul prospect within its Santa Daniela project.  In Chihuahua, Radius announced results from its ongoing drill program at its Amalia project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre informed that it received the drilling permit from the Mexican Federal Environmental Permitting Agency (SEMARNAT) and entered into formal surface rights exploration agreement with the surface owners for its La Tigra project.  ON MINING, Americas Gold and Silver provided silver production guidance for 2022 for its Cosala Operations in Sinaloa. Orla provided a 2022 production, operating costs, capital costs, and exploration spending guidance for the full year 2022 for its Camino Rojo property, Zacatecas. Equinox Gold reported Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. ON FINANCING, Golden Tag increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement by up to 5M unit for aggregate proceeds of up to 1.25M (San Diego project, Durango). Pan American Silver declared dividend to shareholders of $0.12 per common share (La Colorada mine, Zacatecas). Gold Resource declared Q1, 2022 dividend to shareholders (Arista mine, Oaxaca). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Silver Dollar announced that it completed a 2,424 m drill program in 11 holes at its La Joya project in Durango. Silver Tiger informed that it will commence the rehabilitation of the historic El Tigre mine. Alamos Gold updated mineral reserves and resources as of December 31, 2021 (Mulatos Mine, Sonora). Pan American Silver released results for 20 new infill and exploration holes drilled at its la Colorada mine in Zacatecas. Prime Mining announced results from its first drill program at the Guadalupe West deposit within its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Stroud commenced its phase 2 diamond drilling program at its Santo Domingo project in Jalisco. Mithril reported positive results from the metallurgical testwork conducted at its Copalquin project in Durango. Newmont reported mineral reserves and resources for their Peñasquito and Noche Buena properties in Zacatecas.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Benjamin Hill granted options to directors, officers and a consultant (Sonora Gold project, Sonora). Monumental announced the appointment of its CEO (Jemi project, Coahuila). Orla Mining announced the appointment of its Chief Sustainability Officer (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas). SSR informed that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Pitarrilla silver project in Durango to Endeavour. Riverside signed an agreement with Agnico Eagle for the sale of the Pima property located in Sonora. Sierra Metals announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Bolivar mine, Chihuahua). Great Panther announced senior management changes (Topia mine, Durango). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Esperanza Silver supported the first generation of the education program in Morelos. Grupo México offered employment to 100 women in Santa Bárbara, Chihuahua. Minera Peñasquito delivered the remodeling and rehabilitation of a plaza to the community of Nuevo Peñasco, Mazapil in Zacatecas.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • Magna Gold Corp., announced that after several inspections at its San Francisco mine in Sonora, the suspension of the crushing and laboratory areas has been lifted.
  • Mexico was the largest silver producer country in 2021 with 5,600 tonnes, followed by China with 3,400 tonnes and by Peru with 3,000 tonnes.
  • Marisol Barragán swore in as President of the Mexico City District of Mujeres WIM Mexico, with the primary purpose of boosting initiatives that promote equal opportunities and working conditions for women in the mining industry in Mexico,

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp – Kootenay Silver Inc JV released results from the ongoing RC drilling program conducted at the Cervantes project. Drilling highlights include hole CAL22-004 with 1 g/t Au over 167.2m, including 4.25 g/t Au over 24.4m; hole CAL22-002 with 0.37 g/t Au over 99.1m; and hole CAL22-003 with 0.45 g/t Au over 45.7m, including 0.87 g/t Au over 13.7m. Gold appears to be widely distributed in disseminations, fractures and veinlets within quartz-feldspars porphyry, feldspar porphyry stocks, and related hydrothermal breccias.
  • Ranchero Gold Corp., released the final results from its recently completed phase 1 drill program at its Maíz Azul prospect within its Santa Daniela project in Sonora. The drill program consisted of 3,122m in 16 holes. Hole MA22-25 intersected 1.2 g/t Au over 15.6m at the La Colmena target. The company will update its geological mapping to further identify new structures that control mineralization. It also will plan the phase II drill program with the goal of expanding the newly discovered gold mineralization as well as testing additional targets including the X-structure. 
  • Radius Gold Inc., announced results from its ongoing drill program at El Cuervo area within its Amalia project in Chihuahua. Drill highlights include hole AMDD21-47 with 167 g/t Ag and 0.54 g/t Au over 96m, including 232 g/t Ag and 0.65 g/t Au over 61.20m, including 290 g/t Ag and 0.8 g/t Au over 45.20m, including 302 g/t Ag and 1.13 g/t Au over 17.35m, including 592 g/t Ag and 0.65 g/t Au over 7.35m, including 438 g/t Ag and 1.12 g/t Au over 7.85m; and hole AMDD21-46 with 44 g/t Ag and 0.13 g/t Au over 31m, including 158 g/t Ag and 0.49 g/t Au over 3.7m, including 233 g/t Ag and 0.31 g/t Au over 1.7m, and 203 g/t Ag and 0.53 g/t Au over 3.50m, including 381 g/t Ag and 1.31 g/t Au over 1.1m.  “The initial drilling at El Cuervo has confirmed a significant mineralized system and drilling is ongoing to define the size potential”.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., informed that it received the drilling permit from the Mexican Federal Environmental Permitting Agency (SEMARNAT) authorizing the use of 30 drill pads within its La Tigra project in Nayarit. The company also informed that it entered into formal surface rights exploration agreement with the ejido Santa Maria Picachos, the surface owners at La Tigra project that allows for the commencement of the drilling program.

ON MINING

  • Americas Gold and Silver Corporation provided silver production guidance for 2022 for its Cosala Operations in Sinaloa. Silver production from the Cosala Operations in 2022 is forecast to be between 0.7 to 0.9M Oz Ag, 13-15M Lb Pb, and 36 to 40M Lb Zn. “
  • Orla Mining Ltd., provided a 2022 production, operating costs, capital costs, and exploration spending guidance for the full year 2022 for its Camino Rojo property, Zacatecas. The company expects to produce from Camino Rojo over 90-100K Oz Au for the full year 2022 with an AISC of USD $600-700 per Oz Au sold. Total sustaining cost and exploration spending are expected to total USD $5M and USD $10M respectively.
  • Equinox Gold Corporation reported Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Los Filos and Mercedes mines located in Guerrero and Sonora respectively. At Los Filos mine, Guerrero, Equinox mined 3.4M tonnes of 0.77 g/t Au (open pit) and 162K tonnes of 3.11 g/t Au (underground) to produce 54.7K Oz Au. It sold 55,144 Oz Au during Q4, 2021 and reported revenue of USD $98.8M, and cash and AISC of USD $1,311 and USD $1,433 per Oz Au sold respectively. For the full year, the company mined 7.09M tonnes of 0.71 g/t Au (open pit) and 519K tonnes of 3.23 g/t Au to produce 144.1K Oz Au. It sold 143.8K Oz Au during the full year 2021, and reported revenue of USD $257.2M, and cash and AISC of USD $1,575 and USD $1,753 per Oz Au sold. Equinox provided production and guidance cost for 2022. It expects to produce between 160-180KOz Au at cash and AISC of USD $1400-1600 and USD $1,625-1,700 per Oz Au sold respectively. At Mercedes mine, Sonora, the company mined 125K tonnes and processed 161K tonnes of 2.30 g/t Au during Q4, 2021 to produce 11,35K Oz Au. It sold 10.3K Oz Au and reported revenue of USD $18.9M and cash and AISC of USD $1,091 and USD $1,584 respectively. For the full year, the company mined 348K tonnes and processed 398K tonnes of 2.59 g/t Au to produce 31.8K Oz Au, It sold 30.9K Oz Au, and reported revenue of USD $56.9M , and cash and AISC of USD $966 and USD $1,357 per Oz Au respectively. On Dec 16, 2021, Equinox entered into an agreement to sell Mercedes mine to Bear Creek.

ON FINANCING

  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd., increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement by up to 5M unit for aggregate proceeds of up to $1.25M. The company plans to use the gross proceeds to fund advancement of its San Diego project in Durango.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., declared dividend of $0.12 per common share under new dividend policy. The cash dividend of $0.12 per common share, or approximately $25.3M in aggregate cash dividends, is payable on or about March 21, 2022 (La Colorada mine, Zacatecas).
  • Gold Resource Corporation declared its quarterly dividend of $0.01 per common share for Q1, 2022 to shareholders (Arista mine, Oaxaca).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc., announced that it completed a 2,424 m drill program in 11 holes on the Noria portion at its La Joya project in Durango. Aim of the drill program was target development and testing for possible structural extensions of known mineralized zones identified in historical drilling. Assays are pending and drilling is on standby until the company receives assay results and gets an interpretation.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., informed that it has contracted Cominvi, an underground mine contractor, to commence the rehabilitation of the historic El Tigre mine. “Initial rehabilitation will begin on the Level 7 main entry to the Historic El Tigre Mine to allow access to the Sooy Vein, El Tigre Vein and the Seitz Kelly Vein in contemplation of underground channel sampling, drilling and bulk sampling on those veins and the black shale horizon”.
  • Alamos Gold Inc., updated mineral reserves and resources as of December 31, 2021. The company increased its mineral reserves at Mulatos mine 14% to 1.5M Oz Au (29.4M tonnes of 1.64 g/t Au) with a 32% increase in grades reflecting the addition of higher-grade underground mineral reserves at Puerto del Aire, which is adjacent to the main Mulatos pit. The company reported proven + probable reserves for 29.36M tonnes of 1.64 g/t Au for a total of 1.54M Oz Au contained. It also reported Measured + Indicated resources for 8.2M tonnes of 1.34 g/t Au for a total of 353K Oz Au and Inferred resources for 1.72M tonnes of 1.06 g/t Au for a total of 59K Oz Au contained. The remaining mineral reserve mine of life of the Mulatos district is approximately six years as of December 31, 2021 (excluding the underground mineral reserves of Puerto del Aire Deposit.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., released results for 20 new infill and exploration holes drilled at its la Colorada mine in Zacatecas. Drill highlights include hole U-83-21 with 64 g/t Ag, 0.06% Cu, 1.9% Pb, and 3.8% Zn over 322.85m, including 178 g/t Ag, 0.06% Cu, 4.3% Pb, and 6.3% Zn over 64.90m; hole S-73-21 with 76 g/t Ag, 0.36% Cu, 4.2% Pb, and 9.5% Zn over 78.55m, including 91 g/t Ag, 0.46% Cu, 5.2% Pb, and 11.4% Zn over 58.1m; hole D-73-01-21 with 79 g/t Ag, 0.29% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 5.7% Zn over 159 m, including 112 g/t Ag, 0.45% Cu, 3.2% Pb, and 8.1% Zn over 99.2m; hole D-71-01-21 with 48 g/t Ag, 0.05% Cu, 3% Pb, and 5.8% Zn over 44.65m, including 100 g/t Ag, 0.28% Cu, 7.3% Pb, and 7.1% Zn over 15.95m; hole D71-03-21 with 60 g/t Ag, 0.09% Cu, 2.1% Pb, and 3.2% Zn over 22.1m, and 42 g/t Ag, 0.07% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 3.9% Zn over 55.60m, and 91 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 4.8% Pb, and 8% Zn over 191.85m; and hole D-21-02-21 with 59 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 3.8% Zn over 219.90m, including 51 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 2% Pb, and 6.1% Zn over 91.3m.
  • Prime Mining Corp., announced results from its first drill program at the Guadalupe West deposit within its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Twelve new holes, of which seven were diamond holes and 5 were RC holes are reported and drill highlights include hole 21GW-12R with 1.68 g/t Au and 26 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 19.8m; hole 21GW-07 with 1.6 g/t Au and 50 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.6m, and 1.92 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag over a TW of 17.7m; hole 21GW-02 with 1.82 g/t Au and 52 g/t Ag over 4.8m, and 0.53 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag over a TW of 27.6m; hole 21GW-01 with 1.08 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag over a TW of 3.6m; and hole 21GW-11R with 0.9 g/t Au and 63 g/t Ag over a TW of 4.3m.
  • Stroud Resources Ltd., commenced its phase 2 diamond drilling program, which will consist of 3,500m targeting the newly discovered Zopilotes Vein, the Guadalupe Vein, and the La Raya Vein, within its Santo Domingo project in Jalisco. “The company’s current drilling permit covers 13 drill pads (drill setups) located across the property. A second drilling permit will be submitted seeking additional drill pad locations to facilitate further delineation of the three known mineralized vein systems and other exploration targets”. 
  • Mithril Resources Ltd., reported positive results from the metallurgical testwork conducted at its Copalquin project in Durango. The company reported that the final overall recoveries after leaching of the flotation products were 96.5% for gold and 96.1% for silver.
  • Newmont Corporation reported mineral reserves and resources for their Peñasquito and Noche Buena properties in Zacatecas as of December 31, 2021. At Peñasquito, Zacatecas, Newmont reported Proven Reserves of 115M tonnes of 0.61 g/t Au, 38 g/t Ag, 0.9% Zn, and 0.4% Pb for a total of 2.25M Oz Au, 141.5M Oz Ag, 2.38 B Lb Zn, and 940M Lb Pb and Probable Reserves of 247M tonnes of 0.51 g/t Au, 32 g/t Ag, 0.7% Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 4.08M Oz Au, 252.4M Oz Ag, 3.87 B Lb Zn, and 1.64 B Lb Pb. Proven + Probable Reserves are 362M tonnes of 0.54 g/t Au, 34 g/t Ag, 0.8% Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 6.33M Oz Au, 393.9M Oz Ag, 6.25 B Lb Zn, and 2.58 B Lb Pb. Measured Resources are 31.4M tonnes of 0.27 g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, 0.7% Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 280K Oz Au, 26M Oz Ag, 460M Lb Zn, and 200M Lb Pb, and Indicated Resources of 176.6M tonnes of 0.27 g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, 0.6% Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 1.5M Oz Au, 149.6M Oz Ag, 2.2 B Lb Zn, and 1.02 B Lb Pb. Measured + Indicated Resources are  208M tonnes of 0.27g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, 0.6%Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 1.78M Oz Au, 175.6M Oz Ag, 2.69 B Lb Zn, and 1.23 B Lb Pb. Inferred Resources are 89.8M tonnes of 89.8M tonnes of 0.4 g/t Au, 28 g/t Ag, 0.5% Zn, and 0.2% Pb for a total of 1.16M Oz Au, 80.84M Oz Ag, 1.07 B Lb Zn, and 480M Lb Pb. At Noche Buena, Zacatecas (50% attributable to Newmont), it reported Indicated Resources of 21M tonnes of 0.37 g/t Au and 14 g/t Ag for a total of 250K Oz Au and 9.4M Oz Ag, and Inferred Resources of 1.6M tonnes of 1.07 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag for a total of 230K Oz Au and 570K Oz Ag. Resources are reported exclusive of Reserves.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp., granted 1.4.M options exercisable at $0.44 per common share of which 980K options granted to directors/officers shall have a term of 5 years, and 500K options granted to a consultant shall have a term of 2 years (Sonora Gold project, Sonora).
  • Monumental Minerals Corp., announced the appointment of its CEO (Jemi project, Coahuila).
  • Orla Mining Ltd., announced the appointment of its Chief Sustainability Officer, effective march 1, 2022 (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas).
  • SSR Mining Inc., informed that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Pitarrilla silver project in Durango to Endeavour Silver Corp., for a total consideration of up to USD $127M. This consideration includes USD $35M in cash, USD $35M in Endeavour shares, and a 1.25% Net Smelter Return (“NSR”) royalty on the Pitarrilla property.
  • Riverside Resources Inc., signed an agreement with Agnico Eagle for the sale of the Pima property located in Sonora. Riverside will receive cash and completes the pass through royalty transfer with Millrock Resources Inc. 
  • Sierra Metals Inc., announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Bolivar mine, Chihuahua).
  • Great Panther Mining Limited informed about the resignation of its President and CEO and announced the appointment of his replacement on an interim basis (Topia mine, Durango).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Esperanza Silver, supported the first generation of 14 people between women and men who accredited the upper secondary level as a results of an alliance in favor of the education integrated for inhabitants of the community of San Agustin Tetlama and Esperanza Silver.
  • Grupo México offered employment to 100 women in Santa Bárbara, Chihuahua. Andrés Torres, general secretary of the Section 11 Miners’ Union reported that by 2022 there is a goal of employing a hundred women in the different areas of the companies.
  • Minera Peñasquito (Newmont) delivered the inhabitants of the community of Nuevo Peñasco, belonging to Ejido Cedros, in Mazapil, the remodeling and rehabilitation of their plaza, as part of Newmont Peñasquito’s commitment to creating shared value in the communities in its area of influence. Additionally, the company provided 27 trees of different species, the same that were planted throughout the square.

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On the picture above, a quartz vein from a low sulphidation epithermal vein project in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of February, 2022. 

Banded quartz vein

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 6th week of the year (February 7th to February 13th, 2022), at least 18 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 3 news published by the media, with six reporting resources and developments of their properties, six informing on exploration results, four discussing social issues, three communicating production results, one disclosing deals and corporate issues, and one announcing financial issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri reported assays received from its ongoing RC drill program at its Evelyn project, and La Reyna commenced a 10,000m drill program at its La Gloria project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre announced the commencement of its Phase II drill program at its Tepic project.  In Zacatecas, Alien Metals informed that it has been granted with all the necessary statutory and local permits to be legally able to commence drilling on its Donovan 2, Los Campos and San Celso permits.  In Jalisco, Stroud presented drill results from its Santo Domingo project. ON MINING, GoGold announced Q1, 2022, for the three months ended December 31, 2021 (Parral tailings project, Chihuahua). Avino provided its outlook for 2022. Minera Alamos provided a 2021 year-end summary of the ramp-up of mining activities at its Santana mine in Sonora. ON FINANCING, Kootenay entered into a private placement financing for gross proceeds of up to $4M (Columba project, Chihuahua). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Impact Silver completed Phase 2 of the Veta Negra drill program in its Zacualpan mining district in Mexico State. Silver Tiger presented results from its ongoing drill program on the Seitz Kelly Vein at its El Tigre project in Sonora. Zacatecas Silver provided an update on its ongoing drilling activities at the Panuco deposit and San Gil Breccia within its Zacatecas property. Fabled provided a summary of the exploration work carried out at its Santa Maria project, Chihuahua. Discovery Silver released results from 23 holes from its Phase 2 drill program at its Cordero project, Chihuahua. GR Silver presented channel and drill results from the Loma Dorada – La Colorada Vein System, within its Plomosas project, Sinaloa. Great Panther updated mineral resource estimates for their Topia and Guanajuato mines.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Monarca Minerals announced management changes (San Jose project, Chihuahua).   ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo México continues to firmly support Cananea against COVID-19. Fundación Grupo México launched a contest to present high-impact projects for the solution of social and/or environmental problems. Peñoles and Fresnillo plc promote the participation of girls and women in science.  Minera Cuzcatlán achieved 91% recycling and use of urban solid waste and special handling in 2021.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corporation reported assays received from its ongoing RC drill program at its Evelyn project in Sonora.- The best drill intercepts were encountered in holes EVE21-027 with 2.82 g/t Au over 14m, including 4.82 g/t Au over 8m, including 12.19 g/t Au over 3m, including 30 g/t Au over 1m; and hole EVE21-019 with 2.36 g/t Au over 15m, including 33.7 g/t Au over 1m. Colibri is in the process of executing a fully funded 10,000 metre RC drill program on the Evelyn Gold Project.
  • Reyna Gold Corp., commenced a Phase 1, 10,000m drill program at its La Gloria project in Sonora. The aim of the initial drilling will be to explore for extensions of known mineralization from the Main Zone and El Sombrero targets.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., announced the commencement of its Phase II drill program at its Tepic project in Nayarit. The company increased its permitted drill pads from 47 to 182 drill pads with the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment (SEMARNAT). This will allow Sierra Madre to potentially drill in excess of 300 holes, utilizing the same drill pads with offset drilling. The company has already secured exploration agreements with all surface owners in the areas to be drilled.
  • Alien Metals Ltd., informed that it has been granted with all the necessary permissions to commence drilling on its Los Campos and San Celso Silver Projects and the Donovan 2 Copper-Gold Project in Zacatecas.
  • Stroud Resources Ltd., presented drill results from its Santo Domingo project in Jalisco. Drilling highlights include hole SD-21-49 on Guadalupe Vein with 0.32 g/t Au and 70 g/t Ag (94 g/t AgEq) over 2.15m, plus 0.01 g/t Au and 624 g/t Ag (625 g/t AgEq) over 1.55m, and plus 0.13 g/t Au and 42 g/t Ag /52 g/t AgEq) over 2.70m; hole SD-21-52 on La Raya Vein with 1.11 g/t Au and 113 g/t Ag (196 g/t AgEq) over 15.10m, including 1.36 g/t Au and 137 g/t Ag (240 g/t AgEq) over 10.5m, including 3.07 g/t Au and 130 g/t Ag (360 g/t AgEq) over 2.70m; and hole SD-21-57 on Guadalupe Vein with 0.5 g/t Au and 138 g/t Ag (176 g/t AgEq) over 4.55m, plus 0.18 g/t Au and 50 g/t Ag (64 g/t AgEq) over 0.65m, plus 1.05 g/t Au and 197 g/t Ag (276 g/t AgEq) over 6.10m, including 2.02 g/t Au and 362 g/t Ag (513 g/t AgEq) over 3.05m, plus 0.04 g/t Au and 65 g/t Ag (68 g/t AgEq) over 1.05m, plus 0.31 g/t Au and 35 g/t Ag (59 g/t AgEq) over 7.9m, including 0.63 g/t Au and 61 g/t Ag (108 g/t AgEq) over 2.9m, plus 0.82 g/t Au and 67 g/t Ag (137 g/t AgEq) over 3.40m, including 1.72 g/t Au and 102 g/t Ag (231 g/t AgEq) over a.a5m, plus 0.07 g/t Au and 53 g/t Ag (59 g/t AgEq) over 10m, including 0.08 g/t Au and 57 g/t Ag (63 g/t AgEq) over 8m, plus .6 g/t Au and 45 g/t Ag (65 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m. “The company is currently updating its planned Phase 2 drilling program and will refine the program as the balance of assay results is received. Remaining assays from the 2021 drilling program will be reported as they continue to be released from the laboratory. Phase 2 drilling is expected to start soon, with initial assay results expected by the end of Q1 2022”.

ON MINING

  • GoGold Resources Inc., announced Q1, 2022, for the three months ended December 31, 2021. The company reported revenues of USD $8.9M from the sale of 195.7K Oz Ag and 2,558 Oz Au (401,214 Oz AgEq) from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua.  Cash and AISC were USD $13.51 and USD $18.58 per Oz AgEq respectively.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., provided its outlook for 2022. The company will continue with the completion of the Dry Stack Tailing Storage Facility which will represent a cost of approximately $1M. The existing Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) will be used as the framework for an updated study, either at the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) level or at the Feasibility Study (FS) level. For 2022, Avino expects to process 600K tonnes to produce between 2.2-2.6M Oz AgEq. In exploration and evaluation, the company plans to drill approximately 15,000m on the Avino property and will target the areas below the current mining area at Avino (ET Area), the Bart vein located very close to the Avino workings as well as La Potosina. Additional holes may also be drilled on the Oxide Tailings Resource to determine if additional tonnage could be added to the existing 3.12M tonnes. 
  • Minera Alamos Inc., provided a 2021 year-end summary of the ramp-up of mining activities at its Santana mine in Sonora. The company reported that approximately 9,100 Oz Au were mined and stacked on the leach pad during the first phase of the project mining activities. Cumulative Au recovery from mineralization under leach for more than 30 days exceeds 70% with additional recovery ongoing. “Mining rates have approached the initial monthly targets of 100,000 tonnes of mineralized material from the Nicho Norte starter pit prior to the next phase of operations where production will ultimately expand to also include material from the main Nicho deposit”.

ON FINANCING

  • Kootenay Silver Inc., entered into a private placement financing for gross proceeds of up to $4M. Net proceeds will be used for working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes (Columba project, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Impact Silver Corp., completed Phase 2 of the Veta Negra drill program in its Zacualpan mining district in Mexico State. It consisted of eight holes for a total of 1,221m to test the mineralization below and to the south of the operating open pit. Drilling highlights include hole Z21-38 (Socorro Vein) with 428 g/t Ag, 0.25 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, and 1.5% Zn over a true width (TW) of 6.88m; hole Z21-39 (Veta Negra Vein) with 487 g/t Ag, 0.26 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over a TW of 12.97m; hole Z21-41 (Veta Negra) with 258 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over a TW of 19.85m; and hole Z21-46 (El Socorro splay) with 457 g/t Ag, 0.63 g/t Au, 1.8% Pb, and 3.8% Zn over a TW of2.29m.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., presented results from its ongoing drill program on the Seitz Kelly Vein at its El Tigre project in Sonora. The most significant drill intercept was encountered in hole ET-21-293 on the Seitz Kelly Hangingwall Vein with 0.03 g/t Au, 149 g/t Ag, 0.06% Cu, 0.1% Pb, and 0.5% Zn (175 g/t AgEq) over 6.5m, including 0.09 g/t Au, 1,664 g/t Ag, 0.63% Cu, 0.8% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (1,758 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, plus 0.05 g/t Au, 290 g/t Ag, 0.1% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (314 g/t AgEq) over 7.4m on Seitz Kelly Vein, including 0.17 g/t Au, 1,582 g/t Ag, 0.52% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 1.3% Zn (1,708 g/t AgEq) over 0.9m.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., provided an update on its ongoing drilling activities at the Panuco deposit and San Gil Breccia within its Zacatecas property. The company has completed 29 angled holes at Panuco North, of which 15 are still with assays pending. Assays are also pending for 4 holes completed at northern splay of Panuco Central Vein. Zacatecas Silver also informed that at San Gil Breccia, 36 diamond drill pads were approved while at Panuco North, the approval for an additional 29 drill pads is expected within the next few weeks.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., provided a summary of the 2021 exploration work carried out at its Santa Maria project, Chihuahua. The company completed 50 surface diamond drill holes for a total of 13,693m, of which 36 were exploration holes and 14 were definition holes, and 21 underground diamond drill holes for a total of 2,091m. In summary, it has drilled 71 diamond drill holes (surface + underground) totalling 15,784m.  Fabled have taken 5,944 surface drill hole samples, 846, underground drill hole samples, and 120 surface exploration samples for a total of 6,900 samples collected. “Moving forwards the company will compile all the results from drilling, surface mapping and sampling, plus geophysical anomalies in preparation for the design and selection for a Phase 2 drill program. Phase 2 will not only seek to grow the mineralization as seen above but to also explore the eastern sector of the property which has yet to be drilled”.
  • Discovery Silver Corp., released results from 23 holes from its Phase 2 drill program at its Cordero project, Chihuahua. Highlights intercepts include hole C21-533 (NE Extension) with 24 g/t Ag, 0.24 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (91 g/t AgEq) over 16.4m, plus 99 g/t Ag, 0.26 g/t Au, 1.9% Pb, and 1.8% Zn (247 g/t AgEq) over 49.9m, including 185 g/t Ag, 0.46 g/t Au, 3.5% Pb, and 3.2% Zn (446 g/t AgEq) over 21.4m; hole C21-556 (South Corridor) with 37 g/t Ag, 0.04 g/t Au, 0.9% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (114 g/t AgEq) over 43.6m, plus 61 g/t Ag, 0.07 g/t Au, 1.4% Pb, and 4.8% Zn (288 g/t AgEq) over 46.8m, including 271 g/t Ag, 0.15 g/t Au, 5.5% Pb, and 35.5% Zn (1,777 g/t AgEq) over 5.2m; hole C21-555 (South Corridor) with 28 g/t Ag, 0.09 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 1.6% Zn (101 g/t AgEq) over 113.6m, including 46 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au, 0.3% Pb, and 2.9% Zn (173 g/t AgEq) over 45.8m; and hole C21-545 (South Corridor) with 33 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.7% Pb, and  0.9% Zn (92 g/t AgEq) over 165m, plus 45 g/t Ag, 0.08 g/t Au, 1% Pb, and 1% Zn (119 g/t AgEq) over 25.7m, including 58 g/t Ag, 0.07 g/t Au, 1.1% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (141 g/t AgEq) over 31.3m. “The Company has now completed 47,600 m (86 holes) as part of its Phase 2 drill program. Phase 2 drilling will continue through the remainder of the year and will be focused on three key areas: (1) Pre-Feasibility Study drilling consisting of reserve definition and engineering drilling; (2) resource expansion in the northeast of the deposit and at depth; and (3) initial drill testing of five property-wide targets on the Company’s extensive land package”.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., presented channel and drill results from the Loma Dorada – La Colorada Vein System, within its Plomosas project, Sinaloa. Highlights include hole LDS21-CH-014 with 244 g/t Ag and 16.45 g/t Au over 2.3m, including 358 g/t Ag and 6.71 g/t Au over a 1.2m; hole LDS21-CH-015 with 64 g/t Ag and 4.55 g/t Au over 1.9m, including 120 g/t Ag and 8.68 g/t Au over 0.6m; hole LDS21-01A with 25 g/t Ag and 0.36 g/t Au over 12.9m, including 82 g/t Ag and 1.78 g/t Au over 2.1m; and hole LDS21-06 with 9 g/t Ag and 0.21 g/t Au over 23.7m, including 60 g/t Ag and 1.35 g/t Au over 2m. “Drill results from the 2021 drilling program have extended several NNW-SSE trending Au-Ag veins over 600m strike length, and possibly connecting the Loma Dorada and La Colorada vein systems”. Surface channel sampling in the furthest NW portion of La Colorada returned  244 g/t Ag and 16.45 g/t Au over 2.3m  demonstrating attractive high-grade Au-Ag mineralization within the NW-SE trending vein system.
  • Great Panther Mining Limited updated mineral resource estimates for their Topia and Guanajuato Mine Complex (GMC), located in Durango and Guanajuato states respectively. Mineral Resources Estimates for each mine are shown in the tables below:

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Monarca Minerals Inc., announced the resignation of its current President and CEO effective March 4, 2022, and the appointment of the replacement. Both members will remain as Directors of the company (San Jose project, Chihuahua).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo México continues to firmly support Cananea against COVID-19. The company donated more than 900 personal protection items to government institutions, civil society organizations and the City Hall of Cananea.
  • Fundación Grupo México launched a contest to present high-impact projects for the solution of social and/or environmental problems. Through the Foundation’s Institutional Support area, it seeks to implement this type of initiative with the aim of adding to the transformation of the cycle of traditional philanthropy, offering a procurement model that provides training, accompaniment, alliances and a novel funding source; thus contributing to creating a new vision of Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropy.
  • Peñoles and Fresnillo plc promote the participation of girls and women in science. Peñoles and Fresnillo plc have sponsored teams throughout the country, whose members show an unparalleled passion for the challenge of developing robotics projects that represent an opportunity for social, economic and environmental improvement in their communities.
  • Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.) informed that the 460 tons  generated by the company of urban solid waste and special handling in 2021 were subjected to recycling and use processes, fulfilling the objective of caring for the environment, taking advantage of resources and protecting the health of the people, collaborators, and surrounding communities.

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On the picture above, a banded quartz vein from a low sulphidation epithermal vein project in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.