Highlights on the Second Week of April, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

On the picture above,  granodiorite fragments displaying quartz-jarosite-oxidized pyrite stockwork veining in a prospect in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 15th week of the year (April 9th to April 15st, 2018), at least 26 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with seven informing on exploration results, six reporting Q1 2018 results, three announcing financing, three communicating deals and corporate issues, and  two reporting on resources & development. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico beat the gold production record during 2017 and led the global silver production for the eighth consecutive year. CAMIMEX reported that mining companies working in Mexico invested $4,632M USD in the mining sector during 2017. In Sonora, Argonaut provided information about the explosives permit which was suspended temporarily at its La Colorada Mine. In Guerrero, Torex announced that the labor conflict at its El Limon-Guajes Mine Complex is over.  ON EXPLORATION, In Baja California Norte, One World Lithium announced results at its Salar del Diablo Lithium project. In Sonora, SilverCrest reported drilling results from its Las Chispas project, Silver One identified new geophysical targets at its Peñasco Quemado project, and Azure reported metallurgic results on its Oposura project.  In Chihuahua, Mammoth and Kootenay announced drilling results on their Tenoriba and la Cigarra projects respectively. In Zacatecas, Advance Gold announced underground sampling results.  ON MINING, several companies reported Q1 2018 results on its Mexican operations. In Sonora, Alio reported results from its San Francisco mine; in Chihuahua, GoGold reported results on its Parral operations; in Durango, Hecla and Great Panther reported results on their San Sebastian and Topia mines respectively. Great Panther also reported results on its Guanajuato Mine Complex in Guanajuato, Capstone reported results on its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas, and Leagold reported results on its Los Filos Mine in Guerrero. ON FINANCING, Oroco announced its intention to complete a private placement for $750K. Mexican Gold closed a private placement for $1.05M. Alset closed a private placement for $0.99M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, In Oaxaca, Gold Resource announced the northwest expansion of its Arista Mine. Mexican Gold reported results from its resource expansion drill program at Las Minas, Veracruz. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Colibri filed its annual audited financial statements (Pitaya, Sonora).   Marlin announced some directors changes (La Trinidad, Sinaloa).  Alio announced the appointment of its VP Corporate Development (San Francisco mine, Sonora).

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexico established a new record in gold production during 2017 according to the Gold Focus 2018 report, reaching 3,292 tonnes. Also, Mexico led the global silver production for the eighth consecutive year, producing 196.4M Oz Ag during 2017. CAMIMEX reported an investment of $4,632M USD in the mining sector during 2017 in Mexico.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc., provided and update on the temporary suspension of its explosive permit at La Colorada Mine.
  • Torex Gold Resources, announced that the Union in conflict at its El Limon-Guajes Mine Complex in Guerrero has withdrawn its case before Mexico´s Federal Labour Board. With this fact, the labor conflict can be considered over.

ON EXPLORATION

  • One World Lithium Inc., announced sampling results at its Salar del Diablo Lithium project in Baja California Norte. 59 auger samples and 4 rock-chips samples were collected returning Li values ranging from a low of 4.7 to a high of 196.5 ppm, with an average of 84 ppm Li.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., reported drill results on the Babicanora Vein, including Area 51, within its Las Chispas project in Sonora. Significant results are 4m of 22.8 g/t Au and 1,718 g/t Ag, and 4.5m of 8 g/t Au and 912 g/t Ag. To date, a total of 20 holes have intersected the high-grade footprint of the Area 51 zone, with an average grade of 10.4 g/t Au and 944 g/t Ag.
  • Silver One Resource Inc., identified four new geophysical exploration targets at its Peñasco Quemado project in Sonora. The CSAMT identified deep zones of low resistivity suggesting channels for potential mineralizing solutions. These 4 targets expand the exploration potential, and are encompassed by strong to moderate Zn, Pb, Cu, and Ag anomalies.
  • Azure Minerals Limited, announced metallurgy results on its Oposura project in Sonora, with > 85% Zn and > 80% Pb recoveries. Further testwork will be carried out to optimize recovery and concentrate grades.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., announced results from 2 holes on its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. The diamond hole drilled at Masuparia area intersected 45.4m of 0.53 g/t Au and the first hole ever drilled at Los Carneritos area intersected 39m of 0.21 g/t Au.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., announced drill results, 1km away from the current resources at its La Cigarra project in Chihuahua. Significant intersections are 17m of 267 g/t Ag, including 10m of 437 g/t Ag, and 16m of 112 g/t Ag, including 10m of 144 g/t Ag. The results indicate the mineralized structure extends for an additional 1Km of strike to the northwest of the resource area.
  • Advance Gold Corp., announced underground sampling results on its Tabasquena Mine in Zacatecas. The sampling returned grades of up to 362 g/t Ag near surface and two of the deepest samples returned 642 g/t Ag and 656 g/t Ag. A first phase, 500m core drilling program in two holes is underway with the aim of intersecting the sulphide zone of the La Tabasquena and La Nina veins.

ON MINING

  • Alio Gold Inc., reported results on its San Francisco mine in Sonora. On Q1 2018, Alio processed 1.7M tonnes with an average grade of 0.42 g/t Au to produce 17.6K Oz Au
  • GoGold Resources Inc., reported results from its Parral operations in Chihuahua. On Q1 2018, GoGold processed 439K tonnes of tailings material to produce 266K Oz Ag and 1,900 Oz Au.
  • Hecla Mining Company, announced results on its San Sebastian mine in Durango. On Q1 2018, Hecla produced 0.5M Oz Ag and 4,500 Oz Au.
  • Great Panther Silver Limited, reported results on its Mexican operations in Durango and Guanajuato. On Q1 2018, Great Panther milled 17,950 tonnes at its Topia mine in Durango with average grades of 0.74 g/t Au and 348 g/t Ag to produce 244 Oz Au, 186.2K Oz Ag, 433 tonnes of Pb and 533 tonnes of Zn, while in its Guanajuato Mine Complex in Guanajuato milled 78,919 tonnes with average grades of 2.50 g/t Au and 135 g/t Ag to produce 5,586 Oz Au and 304.8K Oz Ag.
  • Capstone Mining Corp., announced results on its Cozamin mine in Zacatecas. On Q1 2018, Capstone milled 212,912 tonnes with average grades of 2.09% Cu, 0.62% Zn, 0.08% Pb, and 45 g/t Ag to produced 4,300 tonnes of Cu, 795 tonnes of Zn, 21 tonnes of Pb, and 250K Oz Ag.
  • Leagold Mining Corporation, reported results on its Los Filos mine in Guerrero. On Q1 2018, Leagold produced 51K Oz Au. The company also announced 650m of advance of the main ramp at its Bermejal underground mine, which is half of the way to reach the central high-grade portion of the deposit.

ON FINANCING

  • Oroco Resource Corp., announced its intention to close a non-brokered private placement for $750K. Net proceeds will be used for exploration expenditures (Santo Tomas, Sinaloa).
  • Mexican Gold Corp., closed a non-brokered private placement for $1.05M. Net proceeds will be used to continue exploration on its Las Minas project in Veracruz.
  • Alset Minerals Corp., closed a private placement for $992.5K. Part of the net proceeds will be used to advance its lithium project in Mexico (La Salada, Zacatecas).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Gold Resource Corporation, announced the northwest expansion of its Arista Mine in Oaxaca with 12 additional step-out and infill drill holes. Significant interceptions are 2m of 6.7 g/t Au and 864 g/t Ag, 2.08m of 1.98 g/t Au and 1,583 g/t Ag, and 1.55m of 9.36 g/t Au and 75 g/t Ag. These drill holes extend the known mineralization of the Arista vein system along strike to the northwest and both up and down-dip.
  • Mexican Gold Corp., reported results from its resource expansion drill program at Las Minas project, Veracruz, within the El Dorado/Juan Bran, Santa Cruz, and Nopaltepec zones. Significant results are 26m of 1.74 g/t Au and 5 g/t Ag, including 20m of 2.19 g/t Au and 6.1 g/t Ag; 30m of 1.05 g/t Au and 6.5 g/t Ag, including 12m of 1.32 g/t Au and 8.5 g/t Ag; 22m of 1.73 g/t Au and 4.7 g/t Ag; and 12m of 1.07 g/t Au and 1 g/t Ag. The drill program is ongoing and is focused on resource expansion of the three known zones and selective upgrading of the resource category.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Colibri Resource Corporation, filed its annual audited financial statements for the period ending November 30, 2017 (Pitaya project, Sonora).

Content like what you have just read can be seen at https://gambusinoprospector.com/ and at LinkedIn’s Mexico Mineral Exploration Group.

On the picture below,  granodiorite fragments displaying quartz-jarosite-oxidized pyrite stockwork veining in a prospect in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

Highlights on the Fifth Week of March, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

 

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 13th week of the year (March 26th to April 1st, 2018), at least 20 press release were announced by companies working in Mexico, with eight releasing exploration results, five reporting resources & developments, four communicating deals and corporate issues, and two announcing financing. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Oceanus increased its land package at its El Tigre project, Azure reported drill-out results on its Oposura project, Aztec Minerals acquired additional ground adjacent to its Cervantes project, and San Marco reported results on its Chunibas project. In Coahuila, Prize Mining received a technical report on its Manto Negro property. In Zacatecas, Advanced Gold commenced exploration work at its Tabasquena project. First Majestic reported exploration results at its six operating Mexican mines. In Hidalgo, Prospero presented drill results at its Pachuca SE project. In Veracruz, Mexican Gold reported exploration results on its Las Minas project.  ON MINING, Premier Gold reported 2017 Q4 and full year results. First Majestic reported annual 2017 production results at its Mexican operations. ON FINANCING, Almaden closed a private placement for $5.6M, and Mexican Gold announced its intentions to complete a $1M non-brokered private placement, which could be increased up to $1.25M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Premier Gold updated mineral reserves and mineral resources at its Mercedes Mine in Sonora.  First Majestic updated to 2017 mineral reserve and resources estimates at its Mexican operations. Argonaut announced updated mineral reserves and technical reports at its Mexican operations. Endeavour provided an update on its Terronera property in Jalisco. Mag Silver reported 2017 annual results. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Orla announced a Director appointment (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas). Starcore announced an update of its corporate strategy (San Martin, Queretaro).

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news

ON EXPLORATION

  • Oceanus Resources Corporation, increased its land position at El Tigre project in Sonora by 20%, to a total land package of 26,307 hectares. With this, the company covers the southeastern extension along strike of the El Tigre Formation for additional 5km toward the Lluvia de Oro prospect.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp., won a government land lottery to acquire additional ground at its Cervantes project in Sonora. The company has now expanded its land position to 3,649 hectares, covering six historic mineral prospects and/or gossan zones that represent high priority porphyry-type targets. Aztec plans to map and sample these areas this year after completing the current drill program.
  • Azure Minerals Limited, reported drill-out results on its Oposura project in Sonora. Significant results were 5.50m of 150 g/t Ag, 3.4% Pb , and 17.5% Zn; 9.6m of 71 g/t Ag, 4.5% Pb, and 13.8% Zn; 7.25m of 29 g/t Ag, 4.6% Pb, and 9.3% Zn; 3.42m of 24 g/t Ag, 8.7% Pb, and 10.6% Zn; 7.45m of 16 g/t Ag, 6.6% Pb, and 10.4% Zn; and 5.4m of 31 g/t Ag, 11.6% Pb, and 4.4% Zn.
  • San Marco Resources., developed a mineralization model at its Chunibas project in Sonora, which consists of stratiform volcanic hosted Cu-Ag mineralization. This model will help to prepare a drill program to test the Cu-Ag mineralization. Ongoing exploration in preparation for drilling includes detailed mapping, hand trenching and XRF rock analysis.
  • Prize Mining Corporation, received a technical report on its Manto Negro Oxide Copper project in Coahuila, which includes a review of the regional and local geology, mineralization types and grades, exploration history and results, overall mineral potential and recommendations for further work.
  • Advanced Gold Corp., commenced underground sampling of the first 100m at its Tabasquena Silver Mine in Zacatecas, on the oxidized zone of the Tabasquena vein as well as on the sulphide zone at the bottom of the shaft. Based on these results, the company will prepare a drill program to test the sulphide portion of the vein as well to explore for additional parallel veins.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., announced exploration results at its six Mexican operations. The company drilled 156,540m during 2017 resulting in multiple discoveries with the most significant results at Cerro de Santiago in La Parrilla Durango, and El Ermitaño West in Santa Elena, Sonora. Cerro Santiago hosts a system of 0.3 to 3.0m wide quartz-calcite-fluorite vein and breccias hosted in Cretaceous limestones, while Ermitaño West consist of massive and banded quartz epithermal vein and stockwork mineralization. First Majestic has plans to drill approximately 183,000m across its core Mexican assets during 2018.
  • Prospero Silver Corp., announced results of the third hole collared at its Pachuca SE project in Hidalgo. This hole intersected multiple structures hosted in volcanic altered rocks with anomalous values associated. Significant results were 1.5m of 0.37 g/t Au and 121 g/t Ag from 407.4m downhole, including 0.20m of 870 g/t Ag.
  • Mexican Gold Corp., revealed that prospectors of the company re-discovered several historical gold mines at Pueblo Nuevo mining district located 3.5km away of its Las Minas project in Veracruz. Mineralization at Pueblo Nuevo consists of multiple gold-bearing mesothermal quartz veins hosted by the same dioritic intrusion present at Las Minas.

ON MINING

  • Premier Gold Mines Limited., reported 2017 Q4 and full year results on its Mercedes Mine in Sonora. On Q4 2017, Premier milled 182.5K tonnes @52 g/t Au & 40 g/t Ag to produce 19.9K Oz Au and 77K Oz Ag, milling 683.5K tonnes  @ 3.93 g/t Au & 37.6 g/t Ag during 2017, for a total annual production of 82.5K Oz Au and 339K Oz Ag. The company also announced its exploration plan for 2018 which will be focused on exploring extensions to mineralization along strike of the main mine trend and test new geological targets to expand resources close to existing workings.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., reported annual 2017 production results at each of its six Mexican operations. At Santa Elena, Sonora, 927K tonnes were processed to produce 2.3 M Oz Ag, at La Encantada, Coahuila, 825K tonnes to produce 2.2M Oz Ag,  at La Parrilla, Durango, 544K tonnes to produce  7M Oz Ag, at Del Toro, Zacatecas, 278K tonnes to produce 1.1M Oz Ag, at San Martin, Jalisco, 278K tonnes to produce 1.8M Oz Ag, and at La Guitarra, Estado de Mexico, 128K tonnes to produce 611K Oz Ag. First Majestic processed 2.98 M tonnes during 2017, for an annual production of 9.75 M Oz Ag.

ON FINANCING

  • Almadex Minerals Limited, closed a non-brokered private placement for $5.6 M. Total gross proceeds will be used to continue drilling at its El Cobre project in Veracruz.
  • Mexican Gold Corp., announced its plans to completes a $1M non-brokered private placement, which could be increased up to $1.25M. Total proceeds would be used to continue exploration at its Las Minas project in Veracruz.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, updated mineral reserves and mineral resources as of December 31, 2017 at its Mercedes Mine in Sonora. Total proven + probable reserves are 3.29M tonnes @94 g/t Au & 24 g/t Ag, for a total of 417K Oz Au and 2.6M Oz Ag. Total measured + indicated resources are 3.68M tonnes @ 4.32 g/t Au & 44 g/t Ag, for a total of 511K Oz Au and 5.2M Oz Ag while inferred resources are 1.63M tonnes @ 4.2 g/t Au & 34 g/t Ag, for a total of 222K Oz Au and 1.8M Oz Ag. Premier increased 34% of its measured and indicated resources to 511K Oz Au at 4.32 g/t and 23% of its inferred mineral resources to 220K Oz Au at 4.2g/t. With this, the company replaced 18 months of mining gold reserves at its Mercedes Mine.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., updated mineral reserve and resources estimate as of December 31, 2017 at each of its six Mexican operations. Total proven + probable reserves at Santa Elena, Sonora are 5.2 M tonnes of 1.29 g/t Au and 84 g/t Ag, for a total of 215.8 K Oz Au and 14 M Oz Ag, at La Encantada, Coahuila are 6.8M tonnes of 143 g/t Ag and 0.28% Pb, for a total of 31.4 M Oz Ag, at La Parrilla, Durango are 1.6M tonnes of 195 g/t Ag, 1.2% Pb, and 1.2% Zn, for a total of 9.9M Oz Ag, at San Martin, Jalisco are 2.3M tonnes of 0.36 g/t Au and 255 g/t Ag, for a total of 26K Oz Au and 18.8M Oz Ag, at Del Toro, Zacatecas are 1.2M tonnes of 0.15 g/t Au, 159 g/t Ag, 3.4% Pb and 2.5% Zn, for a total of 5.8K Oz Au and 6.1M Oz Ag, and at La Guitarra, Estado de Mexico are 917K tonnes of 1.27 g/t Au and 242 g/t Ag, for a total of 37.4K Oz Au and 7.1M Oz Ag. On its six Mexican operations, First Majestic estimated proven + probable reserves of 18M tonnes of 0.5 g/t Au, 151 g/t Ag, 0.44% Pb and 0.27% Zn, for a total of 287.2K Oz Au and 87.4M Oz Ag.

Total measured + indicated resources at Santa Elena are 4.6M tonnes of 1.62 g/t Au and 106 g/t Ag, for a total of 241K Oz Au and 15.8M Oz Ag,  at La Encantada are 6.2M tonnes of 163 g/t Ag and 0.48% Pb,  for a total of 32.4M Oz Ag,  at La Parrilla are 1.7M tonnes of 212 g/t Ag, 1.24% Pb and 1.26% Zn, for a total of 11.7M Oz Ag, at San Martin are 2.6M tonnes of 0.4 g/t Au and 267 g/t Ag, for a total of 33.1K Oz Au and 22.3M Oz Ag, at Del Toro are 1.4M tonnes of 0.23 g/t Au, 195 g/t Ag, 4% Pb and 3.2% Zn, for a total of 10.2K Oz Au and 8.5M Oz Ag, and at La Guitarra are 812 tonnes of 1.53 g/t Au and 292 g/t Ag, for a total of 39.8K Oz Au and 7.6M Oz Ag. First Majestic estimated measured + indicated resources for  17.3M tonnes of 0.59 g/t Au, 177 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, and 0.4% Zn, for a total of 326.6K Oz Au and 98.3M Oz Ag on its six Mexican operations.

Total inferred resources at Santa Elena are 4.4M tonnes of 3.38 g/t Au and 77 g/t Ag, for a total of 481.4K Oz Au and 11M Oz Ag, at La Encantada are 2.2M tonnes of 164 g/t Ag, for a total of 11.4M Oz Ag, at La Parrilla are 2.6M tonnes of 225 g/t Ag, 1.42% Pb and 1.8% Zn, for a total of 19M Oz Ag, at San Martin are 2.5M tonnes of 266 g/t Ag, for a total of 21.4M Oz Ag,  at Del Toro are 1.5M tonnes of 192 g/t Ag, 4.5% Pb and 1.7% Zn, for a total of 9.4M Oz Ag, at La Guitarra are 500K tonnes of 1.24 g/t Au and 276 g/t Ag, for a total of 19.8K Oz Au and 4.4M Oz Ag, and at  La Joya, Zacatecas are 27.9M tonnes of 0.28 g/t Au and 58 g/t Ag, for a total of 251.4K Oz Au and 51.6 M Oz Ag. First Majestic estimated inferred resources on its six Mexican operations for 41.7M tonnes of 0.57 g/t Au, 96 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, and 0.2% Zn, for a total of 765.8K Oz Au and 128.3 M Oz Ag.

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., announced updated mineral reserves and technical reports at its Mexican operations as at July 1, 2017. Total proven +probable reserves at El Castillo Complex, Durango are 121.3 M tonnes of 0.34 g/t Au and 10.2 g/t Ag, for a total of 1.3M Oz Au and 26.2 M Oz Ag. Total measured and indicated resources are 160.3M tonnes of 0.31 g/t Au and 9.6 g/t Ag, for a total of 1.6M Oz Au and 30M Oz Ag. Total inferred resources are 12.5M tonnes of 0.23 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag, for a total of 91K Oz Au and 3.2M Oz Ag.

Total  probable reserves at La Colorada, Sonora are 20.7M tonnes of 0.65 g/t Au and 11.5 g/t Ag, for a total of 435K Oz Au and 7.6M Oz Ag. Total indicated resources are 31.2 M tonnes of 0.6 g/t Au and 10.4 g/t Ag, for a total of 603K Oz Au and 10.4 M Oz Ag. Total inferred resources are 1.9M tonnes of 0.78 g/t Au and 47 g/t Ag for a total of 47K Oz Au and 648K Oz Ag.

Argonaut also filed Technical Reports for the El Castillo Complex and the La Colorada Mine.

  • Endeavour Silver Corp., conducted several engineering trade-off studies at its Terronera property in Jalisco, to refine the operating parameters and optimize the economic performance of the project. Highlights include a throughput of 1,500 tonnes per day, with an annual production of 5M Oz Ag Eq at a grade of 300 g/t Ag Eq. Endeavour also announced that a 5,400m drill program is testing the southeast extension of the Terronera vein and the Quiteria vein at depth below the Quiteria mine. Also, a new infill drill program of up to 10,000m in up to 25 holes was approved to upgrade the inferred resources to indicated resources mainly at depth in the Terronera vein and to a lesser extent in the La Luz vein.
  • Mag Silver Corp., presented 2017 annual results. The company announced that a 20,000m exploration drilling program is ongoing at its Juanicipio project to test new targets and to upgrade Inferred Mineral Resources in the Deep Zone to Indicated Mineral Resources at its Juanicipio project in Zacatecas. A FS is expected to be completed by Q2 2018.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Orla Mining Ltd., announced that Mr. David Stephen has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the company (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas).
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., provided an update of its corporate strategy, which will consists in focusing on production assets in Mexico. Starcore also announced its intention to sell its El Creston Moly deposit in Sonora and that has extended the review period for its exclusive option to acquire Santa Fe project in Sinaloa (San Martín, Queretaro).

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On the picture above, a silicified rhyodacitic flow, with strong quartz vein stockworking in a prospect in Sinaloa State, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

Orla Announces David Stephens as Director

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VANCOUVER, B.C., March 29, 2018 — Orla Mining Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:OLA) (“Orla” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Mr. David Stephens has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Stephens is currently Vice President Corporate Development and Marketing with Goldcorp Inc. (“Goldcorp”). He replaces Mr. Steven Thomas as Goldcorp’s representative on the Board of Directors of Orla, following Mr. Thomas’ resignation from the Board, as he is leaving Goldcorp to commence a new role as CFO of Torex Gold Resources Inc.

Alamos Gold Declares Semi-Annual Dividend

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Toronto, Ontario (March 29, 2018) – Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI; NYSE:AGI) (“Alamos” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has declared a semi-annual dividend of US$0.01 per common share. This represents the Company’s 17th consecutive semi-annual dividend and once again demonstrates its commitment to returning value to shareholders.

First Mining Appoints Jeff Swinoga To Board And Announces Changes In Management

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First Mining Gold Corp. (“First Mining” or the “Company”) (TSX:FF) (OTCQX:FFMGF) (Frankfurt:FMG)  announces the appointment of Jeff Swinoga to the Company’s Board of Directors and the departure of Patrick Donnelly as President of the Company. Effective immediately, Jeff Swinoga will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, along with the former responsibilities of Mr. Donnelly.

Orla Announces Appointment of E. Morin as CFO

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Orla Mining Ltd. (TSX-V:OLA) (the “Company” or “Orla”) is pleased to announce that Mr. Etienne Morin will be joining the executive team at Orla as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Paul Robertson will step down as Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Morin will assume the role effective April 30, 2018. Following Mr. Morin’s appointment, Mr. Robertson will remain active with the Company in an advisory role.