Vancouver, B.C. – November 29th, 2017: San Marco Resources Inc. (SMN: TSX-V) (“San Marco” or “the Company”) announces that it is continuing surface exploration at its 100% owned 1068 and Chunibas Projects. As well, discussions and property site visits continue with numerous third parties regarding their potential acquisition of an interest in San Marco’s projects.
San Marco’s CEO, Bob Willis stated: “As we continue preparations to drill our 1068 copper, molybdenum and gold porphyry system, ongoing corporate strategic planning relating to new acquisitions and joint ventures could lead to significant opportunities for our shareholders. Our goal is, and has always been, to maximize stakeholder value through efficient use of our treasury for exploration and expanding our property portfolio.“
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Evrim Resources Corp. (TSX-V:EVM) (“Evrim” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the acquisition and initial exploration results of the Cuale gold property, an early-stage exploration property prospective for high sulphidation epithermal gold-silver in Jalisco, Mexico. The Cuale project was initially staked under the Callinan Royalties Generative Alliance (now owned by Altius Minerals Corporation (TSX:ALS)) with formal title granted to Evrim for 100% ownership in November 2017.
During the 44th week of the year (October 30th to November 5th, 2017), at least 33 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, including nine quarterly reports. ON MEXICO ISSUES: No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION: seven companies informed on exploration efforts during the week: In Sonora SilverCrest informed on metallurgical test results from drill core material of its Las Chispas property; Riverside continues with ground magnetics, an IP survey and soil sampling on its Glor project, funded by Centerra; Minaurum released good drilling results from its Alamos property. In Chihuahua Golden Goliath continues exploration at San Timoteo; Prospero Silver prepares to drill its Bermudez project. In Sinaloa, Auxico released metallurgical results from its Zamora property. In Zacatecas Defiance Silver commenced a two rig drill campaign on the Veta Grande vein in its San Acacio project. ON MINING: Great Panther, Grupo Mexico, Endeavour Silver, Americas Silver, Excellon, Alamos Gold, McEwen Gold, Argonaut and First Majestic reported third quarter results. In Sonora, Corex Gold is testing different crushing sizes for the heaps, and received the first compensation for gold produced at its Santana property. In Zacatecas, Starcore removed all senior personnel from its Matehuala plant. ON FINANCING: San Marco completed a private placement for $1.26 M and Vangold is to raise up to $1.57 M with a non-brokered private placement. Telson signed a $15 M credit facility with Trafigura. GoGold is to repay a $46.5 M debt and a $7.5 M credit with the proceeds of the sale of Santa Gertrudis. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT: Starcore highlighted the increase in resources, metallurgical testing and work on the scoping study on its Plomosas property. Almaden reported grades on one more in-fill hole at its Ixtaca property. Bacanora secured access to its Sonora property. Hecla provide high-grade exploration results on its San Sebastian mine. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES: Vangold executed the purchase agreement of land on its Pinguico property. GoGold announced the completion of the sale of the Santa Gertrudis project to Agnico Eagle.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
- SilverCrest Metals Inc. disclosed results from initial metallurgical sampling of mineralization from its Las Chispas property in Sonora. These results show that Las Chispas mineralization appears to be amenable to standard cyanidation processing, with average recoveries of 98.9% Au, 86.6% Ag. Nineteen core samples were combined into three bulk composites, with partly oxidized and non-oxidized material. Further metallurgical test work is to be completed after the announcement of a maiden resource in Q1 2018.
- Auxico Resources Canada Inc. released metallurgical results from a 2 Kg metallurgical sample from a volcanic breccia in the footwall of the Campanillas mine, at its Zamora property in Sinaloa. The test returned 13.8% Au, 8.6% Ag recovery by gravity, 67.8% Au, 89.1% recovery by flotation, for total recoveries of 71.6% Au, 92.9% Ag.
- Defiance Silver Corp. commenced a two-rigs phase II 5,000 m drill core program targeting new high-grade silver shoots along 900 m of the Veta Grande vein, SE from the San Acacio deposit in Zacatecas.
- Golden Goliath Resources Ltd. received a report on its San Timoteo property in Chihuahua. The report stresses the presence of several strong systems of mineralized structures with potential for bonanza zones and a deeper Cu-Au porphyry system. Known zones within the Level 5 of the San Timoteo vein contain a 78 m long shoot @ 0.6 g/t Au, 68 g/t Ag and a 32 m long shoot @ 0.3 g/t Au, 212 g/t Ag.
- Riverside Resources Inc. updated on exploration work in progress at its Glor property in Sonora, alongside its partner Centerra Gold Inc.. The work is focusing on the central part of the property, where samples of up to 14 g/t Au have been collected, with a detailed ground magnetic survey covering 210 hectares with 80 line-kilometers, 14 line-kilometers on an induced polarization survey, and an 850 sample soil program.
- Prospero Silver Corp. received all necessary permits to carry a first-pass drill program at Bermudez, in Chihuahua. Prospero can now proceed with a drilling campaign funded by Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. to test a low sulfidation epithermal vein system exposed over a 2.5 km by 50-100 m area. Anomalous Au, Ag, Ba and Zn, along with the quartz vein textures support the interpretation of this being a shallow zone in the epithermal system.
- Minaurum Gold Inc. released results from the first five holes (1,342 m) at its Alamos project in Sonora. Relevant intercepts on the Promontorio vein: 20.15 m @ 154 g/t Ag, 0.23 g/t Au, 0.5% Cu, 2.3% Pb, 6.8% Zn; 8.50 m @ 81 g/t Ag, 0.13 g/t Au, 0.1% Cu, 3.2% Pb, 2.7% Zn; 3.15 M @ 322 g/t Ag, 0.28 g/t Au, 0.5% Cu, 1.6% Pb, 3.3% Zn. At the Blind Vein/Southern Nueva Europa target an interval of 0.25 m @ 8 g/t Ag, 0.9% Pb, 2.4% Zn validated the idea of blind veins on the area. At the Minas Nuevas target the 17.65 m @ 96 g/t Ag and 13.05 m @ 54 g/t Ag intercepts confirm the potential for bulk-tonnage orebodies.
- Starcore International Mines Ltd. is changing its senior management and sales personnel at the Altiplano processing plant in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi. Operational duties will be assumed by existing Starcore management, assisted by the services of a newly appointed consultant specializing in the procurement of concentrates.
- Great Panther Silver Ltd. reported financial results for the third quarter 2017. Consolidated production was 532.8 K Oz Ag, 5,848 Oz Au, at a cash cost of $12.37 per AgEq Oz and AISC of $16.42 per AgEq Oz. The company held $55.5 M of cash and short term deposits at the end of the period.
- Grupo Mexico S.A.B. de C.V. presented its Q3 report for 2017. During the period the Buenavista expansion in Sonora was completed in time, and US$101 M under the budgeted US$3,265 M, increasing the Cu production from 180 K to 500 K tonnes per year. The crushing and conveyor belt system for leaching material was also finished on time and US$117 M below the US$444 M budget. At the Buenavista Zinc project, basic engineering has been completed and the detailed engineering phase commenced; this project is to produce 80 K tonnes of Zn and 20 K tonnes of Cu per year, starting on 2020. At Pilares, an open pit mine is to produce ore for the La Caridad mill; an investment of $159 M is expected, in order to produce 34.5 K tonnes of Cu/year by 2019. During the period, 262.7 K tonnes of copper (at cash cost US$1.08), 5,581 tonnes of moly, 18,857 tonnes of zinc, 3.6 M Oz Ag, 43,665 Oz Au, 717.6 K tonnes of sulfuric acid were produced.
- Corex Gold Corp. received US$278.7 K from gold recovered from the first gold-in-carbon concentrate from the Santana heap-leach project in Sonora. The company is testing different crushing sizes for the ore material staked on the heaps.
- Americas Silver Corp. announced financial and production results for the third quarter of 2017, including figures from its Mexican operations. At the Cosalá operations in Sinaloa, with ore from the Nuestra Señora, El Cajón and San Rafael mines 134.7 K tonnes were processed @ 74 g/t Ag, to produce 277.7 K Oz Ag, 1.43 M Lb Zn, 793 K Lb Pb, 507 K Lb Cu, or 528.8 AgEq Oz. The operations are transitioning from Nuestra Señora mine to the newly developed San Rafael mine, from where all the ore to be processed is expected to be mined during November. Cash cost and All-in sustaining cost was $3.16 per silver ounce. The company had $8.7 M in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period.
- Endeavour Silver Corp. presented its third quarter 2017 financial report. During the period 1.26 M Oz Ag, 13,648 Oz Au were produced at its Guanaceví (Durango), Bolañitos (Jalisco) and El Cubo (Guanajuato) at cash cost $11.74 per Oz Ag and AISC $17.53 per Oz Ag. Development commenced at El Compas mine in Zacatecas, where additional prospective ground was acquired, and permits were received for the mine and plant at Terronera, Jalisco. The company had $70.3 M at the end of the period.
- Excellon Resources Inc. released its third quarter 2017 financial results. During the period its Platosa mine in Durango mined 18.1 K tonnes, processed 19.9 K tonnes @ 409 g/t Ag, 4.4% Pb, 6.1% Zn. Recoveries stood at 87.6% Ag, 81.8% Pb, 81.1% Zn, to produce 226.2 K Oz Ag, 1.58 M Lb Pb, 2.17 M Lb Zn, or 500.7 K AgEq ounces at cash ton per ton of $208, cash cost of $2.46 per Ag Oz and AISC of $11.62. The optimization plan has resulted in drier mining conditions and significantly improved the cash cost and AISC per Ag Oz produced. The company is currently applying to become a “qualified user” under the recent energy reforms, which will allow Excellon to access the private market for electricity, a key cost on the water pumping to maintain dry mining conditions.
- Alamos Gold Inc. reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2017, including figures from its Mulatos and El Chante operations in Sonora. At Mulatos (including numbers from La Yaqui, which started commercial production in September first) 2.34 M tonnes of ore and 1.46 M tonnes of waste were mined from open pits, with 1.75 M tonnes @ 0.96 g/t Au stacked on the heaps, while 30.8 K tonnes milled from underground feed @ 10.05 g/t Au, to produce 36,300 Oz Au at cash cost $785 per Oz Au and mine-site AISC of $864 per Oz Au. At El Chanate 1.62 M tonnes of ore and 5.19 M tonnes of waste were mined (2.19 waste to ore ratio) @ 0.48 g/t Au, to produce 14,900 Oz Au at cash cost $1,137 per Oz Au and AISC $1,164 per Oz Au.
- McEwen Mining Inc. reported consolidated financial results for Q3 2017, with figures from its Mexican operations. During the period 7,189 Oz Au were produced at its El Gallo property in Sinaloa. Production was impacted by the failure of the crushing circuit, impacting the amount of ore placed on the heaps. The failure to the crushing equipment has been corrected and a mobile crusher was added to speed up the placing of ore material on the heaps
- Argonaut Gold Inc. released third quarter 2017 operating and financial results. At El Castillo in Durango 1.7 M tonnes of ore @ 0.28 g/t Au and 2.4 M tonnes of waste were moved (45 K tonnes per day, tpd, at a waste to ore ratio of 1.40) to produce 11,437 Oz Au and cash cost of $947 per Oz Au. At San Agustin in Durango, pre-commercial production included 1.3 M tonnes of ore and 303 K tonnes of waste moved, with 1.23 M tonnes @ 0.42 g/t Au placed to the pads, to recover 2,690 Oz Au, 16.9 K Oz Ag. At La Colorada in Sonora, 1.1 M tonnes of ore and 4.5 M tonnes of waste were moved (61 K tpd, waste to ore ratio of 4.11), placing 1.3 M tonnes @ 0.50 g/t Au on the heaps to produce 9,518 Oz Au, 21.7 K Oz Ag. Total production from these three mines in Mexico was 23,645 Oz Au, 38.6 K Oz Ag.
- First Majestic Silver Corp. announced third quarter 2017 financial results. First Majestic has six mies in Mexico: Santa Elena in Sonora, La Escondida in Coahuila, La Parrilla in Durango, Del Toro in Zacatecas, San Martin in Jalisco and La Guitarra in Estado de Mexico. The consolidated production was 2.4 M Oz Ag, or 4.0 M Oz AgEq at a cash cost of $8.52 and AISC of $15.73 per Oz Ag. At the end of the period the company had $120.8 M in cash and cash equivalents, with $34.7 M in debt facilities.
- Vangold mining Corp. is to go ahead with a non-brokered private placement that can accrue up to $1.575 M in gross proceeds. The proceeds are to be used on its Pinguico property in Guanajuato, and for general working capital (Pinguico, Guanajuato).
- Telson Resources Inc. signed a term sheet of a loan facility and off-take agreement with Trafigura Mexico S.A. de C.V., to sell 100% of the Pb and Zn concentrate produced at the Tahuehueto mine in Durango, from January 2018 to December 2022. Trafigura is to provide Telson a $15 M credit facility upon signing formal agreements.
- San Marco Resources Inc. completed its previously announced private placement for gross proceeds of $1.26 M, with insiders of the company acquiring over 14% of the issued units. Finder’s fees of $52,283 were paid to four parties (Chunibas and 1068 project, Sonora).
- Silver Spruce Resources Inc. closed its non-brokered private placement, raising gross proceeds of $132 K, paying $2.5 K as finder’s fee (Pino de Plata, Chihuahua).
- GoGold Resources Inc. informed that after receiving US$80 M on the sale of its Santa Gertrudis project in Sonora is to use the proceeds to pay in full it’s outstanding US$46.5 M revolving credit facility with the Bank of Montreal and repay the principal and interest on the US$7.5 M loan advanced by Agnico. GoGold is debt free and has a strong cash balance (Parral tailings, Chihuahua).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
- Consolidated Zinc Ltd. presented its third quarter 2017 report, highlighting its activities at its Plomosas property in Chihuahua. During the period the mineral resource estimate was increased to 968 K tonnes @ 15.9% Zn+Pb, for 154 K tonnes of contained metal. Metallurgical test work from the Tres Amigos sulfide zone indicate Zn recoveries >90%. The Scoping Study (SS) is near completion, with focus on the Tres Amigos and Las Espadas zones. Additional high-grade Zn+Pb mineralization has been identified, and regional exploration re-commenced.
- Almaden Minerals Ltd. released assay results from one of the holes from the resource infill drilling program at its Ixtaca deposit in Puebla. The hole returned 180 m @ 1.25 g/t Au, 54 g/t Ag, including 32.5 m @ 2.02 g/t Au, 109 g/t Ag; and 24.15 m @ 1.58 g/t Au, 103 g/t Ag; and 25.0 m @ 4.08 g/t Au, 92 g/t Ag.
- Bacanora Minerals Ltd. announced that access and surface rights have been secured for its Sonora project in Sonora. “The access and surface rights mainly relate to the land area covering mineral resources contained within the La Ventana, Fleur and El Sauz areas”.
- Hecla Mining Co. provided an update on its explorations programs, including information on its San Sebastian project in Durango, where three rigs were active on the Middle, Francine and West Francine veins. In-fill drilling on the Middle vein has returned continuous veins averaging 1.07 m (true width) @ 8.09 g/t Au, 1,708 g/t Ag; 1.34 m @ 5.91 g/t Au, 1,285 g/t Ag. New drilling 100 m west and down dip of current development has intercepted 1.22 m @ 0.62 g/t Au, 295 g/t Ag, 3% Cu, 2% Pb, 5% Zn; 1.65 m @ 2.18 g/t Au, 373 g/t Ag, 4% Cu, 6% Pb, 9% Zn. On the Francine vein, 182 m W from the Hugh resource area, two holes intersected 1.10 m @ 0.31 g/t Au, 886 g/t Ag, 6% Cu, 9% Pb, 14% Zn; 1.04 m @ 0.31 g/t Au, 613 g/t Ag; 3% Cu, 12% Pb, 13% Zn. A hole 750 m to the west of the Hugh zone intersected 3.66 m @ 0.31 g/t Au, 193 g/t Ag, 2% Cu, 3% Pb, 4% Zn. Drilling on the East Francine vein, 350 m east of existing workings, intercepted 3.90 m @ 0.3 g/t Au, 460 g/t Ag; drilling along the adjacent East Middle vein intersected 2.44 m @ 1.56 g/t Au, 236 g/t Ag.
- Alamos Gold Inc. drilled 5,394 m in 42 holes at La Yaqui Grande Deposit in Sonora during the third quarter 2017. True width Intercepts from the zone 3 are believed to be 80-90% of the reported longitude of 35.6 m @ 3.07 g/t Au; 10.80 m @ 6.21 g/t Au; 12.5 m @ 0.88 g/t Au; 22.10 m @ 2.31 g/t Au; 21.3 m @ 1.71 g/t Au; 7.90 m @ 3.80 g/t Au; 5.90 m @ 3.15 g/t Au; 12.0 m @ 0.82 g/t Au; 11.10 m @ 1.88 g/t Au; 15.30 m @ 1.82 g/t Au; 20.0 m @ 1.24 g/t Au; 13.60 m @ 0.55 g/t Au. A number of new prospects are undergoing initial exploration in the 28,777 hectares land package that Alamos Gold holds in the Mulatos district.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
- Vangold Mining Corp. executed the land purchase agreement with two private land owners at its El Pinguico property in Guanajuato. The 302 hectares land package includes El Pinguico property and provides significant land area for mining infrastructure. Vangold is committed to pay two annual installments of CDN $4,500 with a final payment of CDN $65 K on the third anniversary.
- GoGold Resources Inc. announced the completion of the sale to Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. of the Santa Gertrudis project in Sonora. GoGold received total cash consideration of US$80 M and was granted a 2% NSR, of which 50% can be repurchased for US$7.5 M.
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On the picture below, argillitized porphyritic intrusive rock with minor quartz veining from a gold-copper prospect of the Durango Altiplano. Photo by Jorge Cirett.
Vancouver, B.C. – November 1st , 2017: San Marco Resources Inc. (SMN: TSX-V) (“San Marco” or “the Company”) announces that it has completed its private placement financing announced September 29th, 2017. A total of 8,444,444 units (Units”) were issued at $0.18 per Unit for gross proceeds of $1,519,920, a greater than 20% increase over the original financing target of $1,260,000. Insiders of the Company acquired 1,190,000 (over 14%) of the Units issued in this financing.
Each Unit consisted of one common share of the Company (a “Share”) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant (a “Warrant”) entitles the holder to purchase one common share for $ 0.35 until April 30, 2019. The Shares issued and common shares issuable on exercise of the warrants are subject to four month restrictions on resale until March 1, 2018.
Finder’s fees were paid to Haywood Securities Inc. ($41,310) PI Financial Corp. ($4,860), Echelon Wealth Partners ($1,620) and T-Bone Ventures Inc. ($4,493).
México D.F., a 20 de octubre del 2017
Grupo México, S.A.B. de C.V. (“Grupo México” “GMéxico” – BMV:
Las ventas consolidadas durante el 3T17 fueron US$2,535 millones, 21%
mayores al 3T16. En la División Minera, el precio del cobre aumentó +34%,
zinc +32% y molibdeno +17% por lo que las ventas aumentaron 18%. En la
División Transporte el volumen aumentó 17% comparado al 3T16 debido
a la adquisición de Florida East Coast Railway y mayores volúmenes en las operaciones en México.
En Infraestructura las ventas disminuyeron 5% a US$136 millones por suspensiones temporales de ciertos contratos de nuestras plataformas y reducción de tarifas por Pemex.
El EBITDA del 3T17 fue de US$1,212 millones, 44% mayor al 3T16. La División Minera alcanzó US$906 millones, lo que implica un crecimiento de 60% contra el 3T16, alcanzando un margen de 48%. La División Transporte alcanzó un EBITDA récord de US$256 millones, 23% mayor comparado con el 3T16. La División Infraestructura obtuvo un EBITDA de US$50 millones.
La utilidad neta consolidada fue de US$468 millones durante el 3T17 comparado con US$215 en el 3T16 lo que implica un crecimiento de 118%.
Las inversiones de capital alcanzaron US$379 millones en el 3T17, 13% menor que el 3T16, debido a la terminación y puesta en marcha de nuestra expansión en Buenavista.
El 30 de junio, Grupo México anunció que a través de su División de Transportes concluyó la adquisición de Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp. Esta adquisición posiciona a nuestra División Transporte como un jugador relevante en América del Norte, ya que se suma a las operaciones actuales que se tienen en México y en el estado de Texas. El 27 de septiembre, Grupo México Transportes “GMXT” colocó exitosamente certificados bursátiles por P$10,000 millones a tasas muy atractivas, reflejando el sólido balance, potencial de crecimiento y fundamentales de la
Empresa. Estos recursos adicionales se utilizaron para refinanciar pasivo relacionados a la adquisición de Florida East Coast Railway Corp.
El 20 de octubre de 2017 el Consejo de Administración decretó el pago de un dividendo en efectivo de $0.40 pesos por cada acción en circulación, será pagado en una sola exhibición a partir del 23 de noviembre de 2017.
During the 43rd week of the year (October 23rd to October 29th, 2017), at least 30 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, including five quarterly reports. ON MEXICO ISSUES: Almost 70% of the silver production in Mexico comes from Zacatecas, Durango and Chihuahua. ON EXPLORATION: eight companies disclosed exploration efforts during the week: In Sonora Azure updated work on Oposura, Sara Alicia and Alacrán projects; SilverCrest released high-grade assays from sampling rehabilitated workings on Las Chispas. In Chihuahua Endeavour confirmed high–grade silver mineralization within an historical resource at Veta Colorada; Golden Minerals released high-grade intercepts from at its Santa Maria property; Mammoth Resources plans to commence a drill program at its Tenoriba property. In Sinaloa, Auxico provided sampling results from a trench at its Zamora project. In Zacatecas Defiance Silver provided results from drilling at San Acacio. In Oaxaca, Gold Resource disclosed drill results from Altagracia. ON MINING: Agnico Eagle, New Gold, Coeur Mining, Goldcorp and Capstone reported third quarter results. In Chihuahua Sierra Metals announced increased recoveries from its mills at Cusi and Bolivar; Consolidated Zinc presented a Scoping Study on its Plomosas property. In Durango, Argonaut reached commercial production at San Agustin. In Guerrero, Telson reached 1,400 tpd processing at Campo Morado; Alio Gold presented drilling results of two confirmation holes at Ana Paula, and granted the development contract for the 1,200 m decline. ON FINANCING: Azure is proposing a 20 to 1 share consolidation program. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT: Bacanora presented its yearly report. Goldcorp announced an update on mineral reserves and resources. Agnico informed that 16,800 m of drilling were performed during the last quarter at its El Barqueño property in Jalisco. Oceanus filed at SEDAR the technical report on the new resource estimate on El Tigre property in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES: Alamos Gold and Richmont Mines have been granted an interim order from the Quebec Superior Court. Canuc Resources acquired an important concession on its San Javier project in Sonora. Colibri Resources is to retain the investor relations contractor and marketing services on a deal involving a cash payment and shares. Minera Alamos and Vista Gold entered into an acquisition agreement on Vista’s Guadalupe de Los Reyes project in Sinaloa.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
- On Mexican Silver Production, Zacatecas has 40.8% participation, Durango 14.0% and Chihuahua 13.9%. Located in Zacatecas the Saucito mine is the largest primary silver producer in the world, generating 13% of the Mexican production. Silver production in Zacatecas decreased 11.5% in 2016, due mainly to lower grades at Peñasquito. In Durango, production decreased 23.7% by work interruptions at San Dimas and lesser output from Guanaceví. Construction of the La Preciosa (Durango), Pitarrilla (Durango), El Gallo II (Sinaloa), Cordero (Chihuahua) and Cerro del Gallo (Guanajuato) projects still await better market conditions to go ahead.
- Endeavour Silver Corp. informed that drilling has confirmed high grade silver mineralization within the Argentina-Remedios area of the Veta Colorada project. IMMSA operated the Veta Colorada mine until 1990, and left a 32.1 M Oz Ag historical resource contained in 4.0 M tonnes @ 248 g/t Ag. “Twenty-one drill holes totaling 6,928 metres (m) of core were drilled to test the portion of the historic resource located within the Argentina-Remedios area of the Veta Colorada…. The drill holes were spaced at approximately 100 m centres over an area 400 m long by 400 m deep”. True width intercepts highlighted contain 2.2 m @ 213 g/t Ag; 3.0 m @ 1,562 g/t Ag (including 0.5 m @ 8,070 g/t Ag); 2.3 m @ 248 g/t Ag; 9.3 m @ 457 g/t Ag; 7.0 m @ 344 g/t Ag; 2.3 m @ 4,641 g/t Ag (including 0.6 m @ 13,117 g/t Ag); 7.5 m @ 448 g/t Ag; 1.5 m @ 230 g/t Ag; 4.6 m @ 521 g/t Ag; 6.4 m @ 239 g/t Ag; 1.1 m @ 200 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 230 g/t Ag. A new resource estimate is to be released on the first quarter of 2018.
- Auxico Resources Canada Inc. provided sampling results from a single trench on the Aguamas zone of its Zamora project in Sinaloa. The trench returned 50 m @ 0.85 g/t Au, including 3 m @ 13.07 g/t Au. The trench is within 100 m of the Aguamas mine historical workings, where recent sampling returned 14.9 g/t Au, 192 g/t Ag; 34.0 g/t Au, 98 g/t Ag. On these workings a series of quartz veins at multiple angles cut a silicified volcanic breccia.
- Golden Minerals Co. released high-grade intercepts from the first six holes of a drill campaign on its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. Intercepts include true width results of 1.06 m @ 604 g/t Ag, 0.84 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 0.80 m @ 255 g/t Ag, 0.77 g/t Au, 1.6% Pb, 1.5% Zn; 2.50 m @ 431 g/t Ag, 0.29 g/t Au, 0.5% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 2.50 m @ 217 g/t Ag, 0.49 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 0.40 m @ 164 g/t Ag, 0.40 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, 3.8% Zn; 2.36 m @ 310 g/t Ag, 0.77 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.9% Zn. These holes potentially extend the strike dimension of the vein resource 110 m to the east, with the remaining drill holes to test an additional 250 m on the same direction.
- Defiance Silver Corp. provided results from its phase 1 drill program at its San Acacio project in Zacatecas. Highlighted intercept results: 17.0 m @ 110 g/t Ag, 0.13 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn (including 8.1 m @ 222 g/t Ag, 0.22 g/t Au 0.2% Pb, 0.5% Zn); 16.7 m @ 101 g/t Ag, 0.75 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, 1.8% Zn (including 3.2 m @ 419 g/t Ag, 0.82 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb 0.3% Zn); 6.1 m @ 138 g/t Ag, 0.80 g/t Au, 0.2% Cu, 1.3% Pb, 1.9% Zn; 3.6 m @ 211 g/t Ag, 0.14 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 7.4 m @ 159 g/t Ag, 0.52 g/t Au, 0.8% Pb, 1.8% Zn; 7.25 m @ 631 g/t Ag, 0.43 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 0.7 m @ 432 g/t Ag, 0.24 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 0.75 m @ 331 g/t Ag, 0.10 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 2.1 m @ 283 g/t Ag, 0.17 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.7% Zn; 0 m @ 231 g/t Ag, 0.51 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 3.0 m @ 372 g/t Ag, 0.10 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn. The Veta Grande system pinch and swells along strike, with 4.4 km of the 5.6 km Defiance holdings having not seen production or modern exploration in a vein system that has produced close to 200 M Oz Ag.
- Gold Resource Corp. disclosed drill hole results from the Alta Gracia drill program in Oaxaca. Alta Gracia hosts the Mirador mine, being 16 km NW from Gold Resource’s El Aguila project. This drill program tested four vein structures that do outcrop at the surface. Highlighted drill results: 0.23 m @ 5.17 g/t Au, 2,990 g/t Ag; 1.06 m @ 1.36 g/t Au, 453 g/t Ag; 1.47 m @ 2.29 g/t Au, 708 g/t Ag; 3.83 m @ 1.13 g/t Au, 194 g/t Ag; 0.98 m @ 0.69 g/t Au, 1,030 g/t Ag; 1.29 m @ 4.33 g/t Au, 1,710 g/t Ag; 1.72 m @ 1.40 g/t Au, 820 g/t Ag; 0.77 m @ 1.13 g/t Au, 690 g/t Ag.
- Azure Minerals Ltd. announced its quarterly activity report. Oposura in Sonora was acquired, with drill results confirming the potential to host a high grade Zn-Pb-Ag deposit and a 7,000 m resource definition drill program in progress with two drill rigs currently in the property. The Sara Alicia project was acquired in Sonora, with rock chip sampling returning high grade gold and cobalt grades. An exploration 450 m drilling program is in progress. At Alacrán project, also in Sonora, a 5,000 m drilling campaign undertaken by earn-in partner Teck, commenced with three drill rigs operating, targeting epithermal and porphyry copper mineralisation at Loma Bonita, Cerro San Simon and Cerro Colorado areas.
- Mammoth Resources Corp. plans to commence a diamond drill program from 8 to 24 holes at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. The drill targets were selected on a combination of surface geology, trace element geochemistry, gold bearing samples, PIMA sampling results, ground mag and induced polarization surveys and previous drilling by another company. Petrographic work has showed the mineralization to occur as free gold, and metallurgical testing on core material has shown gold recoveries to attain up to 100% on shallow intervals (dominated by oxides), and recoveries of 65% to 72% on the deeper intervals. To note is that the drill contractor accepted to be paid up to 60% of the cost of the program in shares of Mammoth. Core length mineralized intervals on previous drilling include 39.7 m @ 0.44 g/t Au; 34.4 m @ 1.03 g/t Au; 12.0 m @ 0.64 g/t Au.
- SilverCrest Metals Inc. released additional underground channel sample results from its Las Chispas project in Sonora, where the company is currently exploring nine of the nineteen known veins. The channel sampling in the newly rehabilitated historic underground workings on Las Chispas vein, defining continuous unmined areas with bonanza grades. Composited intervals include an average of 2.9 m @ 5.8 g/t Au, 1,024 g/t Ag over 20 m of length; 3.0 m @ 2.2 g/t Au, 286 g/t Ag over 50 m of length; 3.0 m @ 4.0 g/t Au, 551 g/t Ag over 20 m of length; 5.0 m @ 1.8 g/t Au, 246 g/t Ag over 40 m of length; 4.9 m @ 4.9 g/t Au, 632 g/t Ag over 35.5 m of length. Individual samples as high as 1.1 m @ 15.8 g/t Au, 1,860 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 20.6 g/t Au, 2,082 g/t Ag; 0.8 m @ 31.7 g/t Au, 4,390 g/t Ag; 0.8 m @ 28.0 g/t Au, 2,930 g/t Ag are included in those intervals. So far SilverCrest has drilled 35,000 m in 141 holes in the project.
- Telson Resources Inc. initiated ore processing at Campo Morado in Guerrero, at an approximate rate of 1,400 tonnes per day (tpd). “The first two years of production are planned to be mined from the G9 and El Largo ore bodies in areas of elevated gold and silver values within polymetallic base metal zones having average grades of 1.8 g gold/t, 142.7 g silver/t, 3.99% zinc, 0.62% copper and 1.07% lead”. Metallurgy tests have resulted in new processes added, including the removing of carbon organic matter and new types of reagents. The plan is to increase the production rate to the mill’s capacity of 2,500 tpd over the next six to twelve months.
- Alio Gold Inc. released results from the first two confirmation holes on its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. The 2,000 m drill program is to twin 11 holes to confirm previous drilling and to obtain samples for metallurgical testing. The holes intercepted 99.4 m @ 10.8 g/t Au; 74.0 m @ 6.2 g/t Au.
- Argonaut Gold Inc. announced commencement of commercial production on October 1, 2017, on its San Agustin mine in Durango. The project was delivered on schedule and more than 20% under budget, on the initial capital estimate of $43 M.
- Sierra Metals Inc. informed an increase on recoveries from its mills in Mexico, to an average level of 82% at its Piedras Verdes mill in the Bolivar mine and to 83% at its Malpaso mill in the Cusi mine, both in Chihuahua. Production at Bolivar is expected to reach 3,000 tonnes per day (tpd) in Q1 2018 through the commissioning of 13 new pieces of equipment. At Cusi, the focus in on completing access, development and production of the Santa Rosa de Lima zone, with wider structures and grades than the narrow veins being mined now. Currently selected higher grade material from the old mine and development ore from Santa Rosa de Lima is being sent to the mill. Tonnage from the Santa Rosa de Lima structure is to be gradually increased until the mill operates at its 650 tpd capacity. A geological reinterpretation led to the discovery of the Santa Rosa de Lima zone, which averages 3.8m @ 372 g/t AgEq after two drill campaigns totaling 29,500 m. (Note of compiler.- There are two very informative graphics on how the metallurgical recoveries were improved within the press release).
- Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. reported third quarter 2017 results, including figures from its Mexican operations, on which 15.9 M were spent in sustaining capital and 2.0 M in development. At Pinos altos in Chihuahua, 587 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 6,380 tpd @ 2.65 g/t Au, and total cash cost of $376 K per Oz Au. Exploration focused at the Madroño zone, immediately SE from the Creston Mascota pit. Selected results: 15.8 m @ 4.3 g/t Au, 23 g/t Ag (including 4.2 m @ 10.6 g/t Au, 55 g/t Ag); 6.7 m @ 1.0 g/t Au, 11 g/t Ag; 11.3 m @ 1.7 g/t Au, 11 g/t Ag; 9.8 m @ 1.0 g/t Au, 14 g/t Ag; 10.9 m @ 0.9 g/t Au, 12 g/t Ag; 5.8 m @ 3.0 g/t Au; 16.5 m @ 5.8 g/t Au, 68 g/t Ag; 22 m @ 1.3 g/t Au, 24 g/t Ag. At La India in Sonora, 1.54 M tonnes were processed at a rate of 16,762 tpd @ 0.69 g/t Au and total cash cost per Au ounce of $657. Drilling is ongoing at the Main Zone, El Realito, Cerro del Oro and El Cochi zones. Promising results from ongoing exploration have led to the search of location options to construct additional pad capacity.
- New Gold Inc. released third quarter 2017 results, which includes the production of 7,951 Oz Au, 0.1 M Oz Ag from the residual leaching of the closed San Pedro mine in San Luis Potosi, at an All-in sustaining cost of $1,532 per Au Oz.
- Coeur Mining Inc. reported third quarter 2017 results, including figures from its Palmarejo mine in Chihuahua, where 413.1 K tonnes @ 172 g/t Ag, 2.49 g/t Au were milled. Average recoveries were 83.6% for Ag and 83.1% for Au to produce 1.91 M Oz Ag, 28,948 Oz Au. Production reached the end of year target of 4,500 tpd during the period. As many as nine rigs were operating at Palmarejo, focused on resource expansion at the Nación–Dana deposit.
- Alio gold Inc. has awarded the contract for developing the underground decline at the Ana Paula project JDS Energy and Mining to manage the contract and underground mining operation. The 1,200 m decline is expected to take seven months to complete, at a rate of 5-7 m per day, and cost of approximately $10 M. A definitive feasibility study (DFS) is currently under way, and expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018.
- Goldcorp Inc. presented the third quarter report for 2017, without including figures by project. The company produced 633 k Oz Au at an AISC of $827 per gold ounce.
- Capstone Mining Corp. announced third quarter financial results, including figures from its Cozamin operation in Zacatecas, where 4,242 tonnes of copper were produced during the period, at all-in cost of $1.86 per Lb Cu. The signing of an agreement that provides access to Capstone to the lower depths of the adjoining Endeavour Silver claim to the south is providing access to a zone with higher grades and greater widths, some 580 m away from the current indicated resource of the Mala Noche Footwall Zone.
- Consolidated Zinc Ltd. completed the Scoping Study on its Plomosas property in Chihuahua with positive results at a base case level. The study focused on mining the Tres Amigos resource (544 K tonnes @ 11.2% Zn, 2.1% Pb, 14 g/t Ag) on level 5 using existing infrastructure. Contractor mining is to be used with a cut and fill method on mineralization on which 90% to 95% Zn and up to 70% Pb recoveries have been achieved, to produce a concentrate free of penalized elements. The process is to include crushing, grinding, bulk flotation roughing and cleaning stages to produce a concentrate.
- Azure minerals Ltd. has proposed a 20 to 1 consolidation, reducing the current shares on issue from 1.67 billion to 83.6 million. Shareholder approval is to be sought at the AGM on 20 November 2017. Cash balance at quarter end is $5.9 M (Oposura and Sara Alicia, Sonora).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
- Bacanora Minerals Ltd. presented its annual financial results for the year ended on 30 June 2017. During the period Bacanora secured a strategic partnership with Hanwa Co. Ltd.; a feasibility study (FS) is to be completed in Q4 2017; lithium carbonate has been produced at the Pilot Plant since May 2016, enabling optimization of the beneficiation process; 4,000 m of infill drilling was completed to upgrade resources; acquired 50% interest on the Zinnwald Lithium project in Germany.
- Goldcorp Inc. presented an update on its mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates to the end of June 2017, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Peñasquito in Zacatecas, proven and probable gold mineral reserves totaled 9.0 M Oz Au, compared with 10.0 M Oz Au in 2016. Mine depletion accounted for 0.7 M Oz Au, while higher input costs and updated metallurgical recoveries led to a change in cut-off grade, resulting in the reclassification of 0.4 M Oz Au into the measured and indicated mineral resource category. 0.22 M Oz Au stand in the inferred category. Reserves also include 545.6 M Oz Ag, 3,684 M Lb Pb, 8,927 M Lb Zn; Measured and Indicated resources (M&I) of 5 M Oz Ag, 1,270 M Lb Pb, 2,858 M Lb Zn; Inferred resources of 14.2 M Oz Ag, 85 M Lb Pb, 307 M Lb Zn.
- Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. reported approximately 16,800 m of drilling at El Barqueño, in Jalisco, during the last quarter. The focus has been on extending known deposits and testing other areas as Tecolote, El Rayo and Camino. Drilling has now extended the mineral resources over one km to the W of the Azteca-Zapoteca zone. Six rigs are operating on El Rayo, Cuauhtemoc, Pilarica, Zateca-Zapoteca and Socorro. Agnico believes in the potential to develop a series of open pits utilizing heap leach and/or mill processing similar to its Pinos Altos mine in Chihuahua.
- Oceanus Resources Corp. has filed a 43-101 compliant Technical Report disclosing the mineral resource estimate announced in September on its El Tigre property in Sonora. The resource includes two open pit and two underground operations at the El Tigre and Fundadora veins. The total hard rock resource is 25.9 M tonnes @ 0.52 g/t Au, 19 g/t Ag, containing 436 K Oz Au, 15.7 M Oz Ag and 6.6 M tonnes @ 0.52 g/t Au, 89 g/t Ag as indicated and inferred resources respectively. The tailings resource is 939 K tonnes @ 0.27 g/t Au, 78 g/t Ag, containing 8 K Oz Au, 2.3 M Oz Ag and 1 K Oz Au, 254 K Oz Ag, as indicated and inferred resources respectively.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
- Alamos Gold Inc. and Richmont Mines Inc. have been granted an interim order from the Quebec Superior Court (Commercial Division) authorizing various matters, including the holding of special meetings of Alamos and Richmont shareholders to consider the proposed plan of arrangement whereby Alamos will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Richmont, and the mailing of the joint information circular.
- Canuc Resources Corp. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Carobens 151 hectares concession from Minerales y Carbones de Mexico S.A. de C.V. by issuing 150 K common shares (valued at US$50 K) and US$50 K in cash. “The newly acquired mining concession envelops existing land holdings to the northeast. Early exploration has determined that silver-gold mineralization strengthens to the northeast.”
- Colibri Resources Corp. announced the retention of FronTier Consulting Ltd. to provide investor relations and marketing services. Under the 12-month period Colibri is to pay $110 K plus out-of-pocket-expenses, and grant 150 K stock options at an exercise price of $0.15. FronTier and its related companies currently own 1.34 M share purchase warrants of Colibri.
- Minera Alamos Inc. entered into an option agreement with Vista Gold Corp. to acquire Vista’s subsidiary Minera Gold Stake S.A. de C.V., which owns the Guadalupe de Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Guadalupe de Los Reyes has an indicated resource of 380 K Oz Au and 155 K Oz Au of inferred resources. The agreement includes US$6 M in staged payments: US$1.5 M on closing, US$1.5 M on each of the 12 and 24 month anniversary and a final purchase price of US$1.5 M on or before the 48 anniversary. A minimum 1% NSR will apply to gold production from a heap leach open pit, which could increase to 2% if gold prices exceed US$1,600 per ounce. The royalty is capped at a cumulative amount of US$2 M. Vista Gold retains the right to acquire a 49% non-carried interest in the development of underground gold resources, if Vista’s interest is diluted below 10% interest, an NSR like the one used to open pit mining is to apply.
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On the picture above, collage of mineralized rock fragments from a prospect on the Durango Altiplano. Photo by Jorge Cirett.
During the 40th week of the year (October 2nd to October 8th, 2017), at least 25 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, including two quarterly reports. ON MEXICO ISSUES: a blockade to Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine entrance in Zacatecas was lifted by assembling a government sponsored round table to assess protesters arguments. ON EXPLORATION: Activity seems to be gaining pace, with ten companies presenting press releases on their properties. In Sonora, Silver Viper has commenced the first drilling campaign on its Clemente project; Aztec Minerals disclosed interesting Au-Cu values from trenches at its Cervantes project; Canuc Resources released drilling results from its San Javier property. In Chihuahua, Sierra Metals informed on thick high-grade intercepts from drill testing deep geophysical targets at its Bolivar mine; Radius Gold disclosed initial rock chip sampling from its Los Tarros property; Harvest Gold announced exploration results on the Cascaritas prospect within its Cerro Cascaron project. In Sinaloa, Santana Minerals released metallurgical results from its Cuitaboca property. In Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi Alset Minerals released lithium and potassium results from auger drilling on 13 additional salars. In Veracruz Almadex Minerals disclosed good assay results on a long interval of its last hole at El Cobre; Mexican Gold informed that the first hole of a new drill campaign at its Las Minas property intersected two mineralized intervals containing chalcopyrite and bornite. ON MINING: Telson announced that mill clean up and refurbishment is nearing completion at its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. US Antimony is to increase production at three of its four mines in Mexico. Americas Silver produced its first lead and zinc concentrates from the San Rafael mine in Sinaloa. Alio Gold and Coeur Mining presented third quarter 2017 reports. ON FINANCING: Southern Silver closed the final tranche of its private placement, raising $502 K; Azure Minerals is to seek shareholder approval to share consolidation. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT: Candelaria Mining retracted the environmental permit on its Caballo Blanco project in Veracruz. Kootenay Silver announced assay results from drilling by partner Pan American Silver on its La Negra prospect in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES: Magellan Resources announced that its purchase of the SDA mill in Nayarit remains on track to completion. Radius Gold signed a binding agreement with a private Mexican company on Los Tarros property in Chihuahua. Prospero Silver received authorization from the TSX on a related third party agreement.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
- Goldcorp suffered entrance blockades at Peñasquito, in Zacatecas. For a week the entrance to the Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas was blocked by protesters. The blockade was terminated by the establishment, aided by the federal government, of a round table to discuss the protesters grievances. The table is to be leaded by the Zacatecas State government.
- Silver Viper Minerals Corp. has mobilized a drill rig to its Clemente project in Sonora. The drill program envisages 2,000 m of diamond core drilling, focusing on the El Mundo and Nuevo Mundo areas, where Ag-Au-base metals mineralization is hosted by quartz shear veins, quartz stockworks and hematitic vein breccias. The best sample to date is from the El Mundo area is 0.5 m wide @ 1,895 g/t Ag, 4.46 g/t Au, 1.9% Pb, 1.6% Zn. The environmental permit for drilling has been approved, with land and access permit agreements in place.
- Kootenay Silver Inc. reported that Aztec Minerals Corp. disclosed attractive sampling results from trenching in the Jasper prospect at the Cervantes property in Sonora (which is under option from the former by the latter). The new manual trenching connected two previous trenches, extending Cu-Au-Mo mineralization for 92.3 m @ 0.52% Cu, 0.62 g/t Au, 76 ppm Mo, staying open in both directions. The rock is highly leached quartz feldspar porphyry with chrysocolla and neotocite as oxide copper minerals. A 50 by 50 m soil grid was completed over the Jasper project.
- Alset Minerals Corp. released results from auger sampling on 13 additional salars in Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi. “Of the 13 salars sampled, 9 had average lithium grades exceeding 200 ppm, with 4 salars averaging lithium grades of around 400 ppm and higher…”. Dry lake sediment samples were collected using a hand-held motorized auger, or a hammer and hollow-tube sampling method, and assaying the material collected between 0.5 and 1.0 m of depth. The Caliguey salar averaged 769 ppm Li and 3.4% K; the Hernandez salar averaged 556 ppm Li, 1.6% K; the Chapala salar averaged 416 ppm Li, 1.2% K.
- Almadex Minerals Ltd. disclosed assays for the last hole at the Norte area of its El Cobre property in Veracruz. Noteworthy intervals comprise 481.65 m @ 0.67 g/t Au, 0.27% Cu, including 187.25 m @ 1.02 g/t Au, 0.33% Cu (from 354.00 to 541.25 m). The hole was drilled to test for continuity of mineralization between two other holes within the area.
- Sierra Metals Inc. informed that the first four holes to test 22 high priority targets identified with the recently completed Titan 24 geophysical survey intersected wide high-grade copper bodies in three different zones with no previously known mineralization. The intercepts include 25.3 m @ 0.38 g/t Au, 31 g/t Ag, 1.55% Cu, 1.95% Zn; 28.65 m @ 0.34 g/t Au, 34 g/t Ag, 1.97% Cu, 0.91% Zn; 13.05 m @ 1.79 g/t Au, 37 g/t Ag, 2.05% Cu; 33.4 m @ 0.10 g/t Au, 32 g/t Ag, 1.04% Cu, 0.20% Zn. The four intercepts are deep seated, between 340 m and 492.90 m in the core, along length (Note of compiler.- This seems a significant discovery).
- Canuc Resources Corp. announced that the third hole at its San Javier project in Sonora intersected the Santa Rosa vein in two splays, the first with 0.37 m @ 156 g/t Ag, 0.39 g/t Au, 1.0% Pb, 5.6% Zn, and the second with 1.48 m @ 1,514 g/t Ag, 2.91 g/t Au, 4.2% Pb, 5.6% Zn. Canuc has concluded the agreement to acquire the Tule 1 concession, which envelops the property to the NE, adding considerable strike length to the Santa Rosa vein. In the NE land package is the Carranza breccia zone, with 11 m @ 274 g/t Ag on the surface, and the Cerro Colorado breccia zone, with 11.3 m @ 285 g/t Ag.
- Radius Gold Inc. has signed a binding agreement with a private Mexican company to option the 473 has Los Tarros project in Chihuahua. Several breccia bodies occur within a 3.5 km by 1 km area, with the largest breccia exceeding 250 m by 250 m. The volcanic hosted explosive breccias are cemented by silica and iron oxides. The average of 26 samples collected is 1.42 g/t Au, 66 g/t Ag. At the Rosario breccia (>150 m by 60 m) an old pit returned 10 m @ 2.95 g/t Au, 18 g/t Ag, staying open in all directions. Other significant breccia bodies include Regalito, La Bufa (the only one hosted in granodiorite), San Nicolas and San Miguel.
- Mexican Gold Corp. informed that step-out drilling at its Las Minas property in Veracruz intersected two intervals of chalcopyrite-bornite-magnetite mineralization in the first hole drilled beyond the current western limit of the El Dorado/Juan Bran zone. A 3.0 m interval contains magnetite and an estimated chalcopyrite content of up to 3% by volume. An 8.0 m interval further downhole is a mineralized exoskarn with up to an estimated 5% chalcopyrite by volume, and visible bornite and magnetite. Assays are pending on these core-length intervals.
- Santana Minerals Ltd. reported good results from initial metallurgical test work on composite samples from three drill holes from the Mojardina prospect at its Cuitaboca project in Sinaloa. A 75 micron, 48 hours, bottle-roll standard carbon in leach test on the three holes returned 93.1%, 95.3%, 98.4% silver recoveries respectively; the rougher flotation test achieved 93.6%, 88.2%, and 86.8% silver respectively.
- Harvest Gold Corp. identified six silver-rich polymetallic veins at the Cascarita prospect of its Cerro Cascaron Project in Chihuahua. High grade silver with strong Pb and Zn values were sampled in historic adits. The six veins are within a 900 m by 300 m corridor, attain up to 3.3 m in width and display colloform and drusiform quartz textures, as well as local amethyst quartz. Vein textures indicating boiling are preserved at one of the veins, as quartz pseudomorphs after bladed calcite. Results include 1.4 m @ 114 g/t Ag, 5.2% Pb, 1.3% Zn; 2.0 m @ 127 g/t Ag, 8.7% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 2.3 m @ 311 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 2.1 m @ 245 g/t Ag, 6.4% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 3.3 m @ 104 g/t Ag, 2.4% Pb, 0.5% Zn.
- Telson Resources Inc. announced that mill clean up and refurbishment is nearing completion at its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. Underground mining is being ramped up, having delivered 25 K tonnes to the coarse ore patio. Ore crushing is operational, putting 5 K tonnes to the crushed ore stockpile. Commercial production at a 1,400 tonnes per day (tpd) is projected to be achieved during October, while production levels to the 2,500 tpd mill capacity is to take 6 to 12 months.
- United States Antimony Corp. plans to increase production at three of its four mines in Mexico. At Wadley, in San Luis Potosi, the gravity mill will process lower grade ore (not direct shipping ore), which could results in a 25-50% increase in production. At Soyatal in Queretaro, direct shipping ore is to be produced once new powder magazines are built. In Zacatecas a mine road to the Guadalupe mines is to be repaired, allowing mining to be resumed at the Santa Monica mine. The Los Juarez mine in Queretaro is awaiting a permit from SEMARNAT for the cyanide circuit at the Puerto Blanco mill.
- Americas Silver Corp. announced that the first lead and zinc concentrates produced from its San Rafael project at its Cosalá operation in Sinaloa were produced during the last week of September. Commercial production is expected to be reached before the end of the fourth quarter, when the Nuestra Señora mine is expected to enter in care and maintenance.
- Alio Gold Inc. released 3rd quarter preliminary production results from its San Francisco mine in Sonora. 1.9 M tonnes of ore @ 0.40 g/t Au and 5.2 M tonnes of waste were moved (3.15 waste to ore strip ratio) to produce 19,429 Oz Au, 8,808 Oz Ag. Production guidance stays on track to produce 88 -90 K Oz Au during 2017.
- Coeur Mining Inc. disclosed third quarter 2017 production results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Palmarejo, in Chihuahua, 413.1 K tonnes were milled @ 172 g/t Ag, 2.49 g/t Au, achieving recoveries of 83.6% Ag, 83.1% Au, to produce 1.91 M Oz Ag, 28,948 Oz Au
- Southern Silver Exploration Corp. closed the final tranche of its previously reported private placement, for gross proceeds of $502 K. The three tranches gathered total gross proceeds of $3.58 M (Cerro Las Minitas, Durango).
- Azure Minerals Ltd. is to seek shareholder approval for consolidation of the issued capital through the conversion of every twenty existing shares into one share.
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
- Candelaria Mining Corp. decided to retract the environmental permit for the Caballo Blanco project in Veracruz, citing the current political climate and upcoming state and federal elections. “…The postponing of the permit will allow Candelaria to optimize certain aspects of the project and improve upon existing and establish new relationships with our stakeholders. “
- Kootenay Silver Inc. announced the results of 13 infill drill holes completed by Pan American Silver Corp. on its La Negra property in Sonora. Highlighted intercepts are 34.3 m @ 159 g/t Ag (including 8.2 m @ 306 g/t Ag); 17.1 m @ 192 g/t Ag (including 3.55 m @ 597 g/t Ag); 48.7 m @ 281 g/t Ag (including 1.95 m @ 3,004 g/t Ag, 1.0 m @ 2,146 g/t Ag, 5.35 m @ 558 g/t Ag); 21.0 m @ 274 g/t Ag (including 1.1 m @ 3,018 g/t Ag); 31.8 m @ 403 g/t Ag (including 8.85 m @ 1,098 g/t Ag); 29.25 m @ 138 g/t Ag; 38.7 m @ 289 g/t Ag (including 7.6 m @ 674 g/t Ag); 76.35 m @ 236 g/t Ag; 53.8 m @ 174 g/t Ag (including 12.15 m @ 308 g/t Ag); 5.35 m @ 571 g/t Ag.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
- Magellan Gold Corp. announced that its purchase of the SDA mill in Nayarit is on track to be closed by the end of October 2017.
- Radius Gold Inc. has signed a binding agreement with a private Mexican company to option the 473 has Los Tarros project in Chihuahua. Radius can earn a 100% interest in the project by making an immediate payment of US5 K, and staged payments over four years totaling US$1.68 M, of which US$1.2 M is a final payment at the end of the four year period. A 2% NSR can be bought by Radius for US$1 M for each 1%.
- Prospero Silver Corp. has received TSX approval of the option to own agreement with Exploraciones Altiplano S.A. de C.V. regarding Altiplano’s Buenavista claims in Durango. The agreement constitutes a “related party transaction” under the TSX policies.
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On the picture below, the Peña Colorada mine pit in Colima. Photo by Jorge Cirett.
Vancouver, B.C. – September 26th, 2017 : San Marco Resources Inc. (SMN: TSX-V) (“San Marco”) announces the results and recommendations of recent exploration on its 1068 Project. The Project is an undrilled copper, molybdenum and gold porphyry system discovered from San Marco’s generative program (see news release dated January 19, 2017).
During construction of a preliminary access road to potential drill site areas, mineralization was noted in the roadway with copper values up to 0.76%, gold up to 0.17g/t and molybdenum up to 2050 ppm over 3 – 4 metre channel samples. Drilling is recommended after additional surface mapping and sampling is completed. Preparation for such work will commence immediately.
Highlights of the exploration include;
- Surface alteration and mineralized footprint has increased to 1.6 kilometres X 1.5 kilometres (“km”) and is open for expansion in at least two directions.
- Poorly exposed erosional window into potassically altered mineralized intrusive (100 metres by 200 metres) is an obvious drill target.
- Extensive phyllically altered and stockwork-quartz-veined volcanic lithocap (as above, 1.6 km X 1.5 km and open) may have created favourable conditions for sealing the system acting as a trap for fluids, enhancing the mineralizing process. Drilling through this volcanic cap is another obvious drill target.
- Oxide copper occurs mainly in fractures and veinlets. Fresh sulphides (pyrite, chalcopyrite and molybdenite) were observed below the volcanic rock cap in potassic alteration.
- Semi-continuous channel sampling over part of a newly constructed road cut ran 62 metres of 0.1% copper; 215 ppm molybdenum and 0.044 g/t gold. Sampling was limited to where the bulldozer was able to build the road and not necessarily cutting the best outcrop exposures.
- Geochemical zonation suggests use of pathfinder elements as well as mapping alteration mineralogy can be utilized to vector to the best drill targets.
The period under review has been a time of continued operational progress as the Board looks to position the Group to create value from the existing asset portfolio and to take advantage of other convincing market opportunities that will create value for shareholders, whilst conserving cash.
The recent period has been characterised by a notable operational achievement with the issue of the final permits for the 3D seismic shoot in the Paradox Basin, Utah. In addition, considerable progress has been made with the ongoing process of disposing of the Group’s SDA Mill in Mexico and it is currently anticipated that, subject to
funding, both the seismic shoot and the disposal of the SDA Mill will be completed by 31 December 2017. The Group also continues to explore potential opportunities in Cuba, focusing on both the oil and gas and building materials sectors.
The primary focus of the next period will be on the Paradox assets. The Board is committed to unlocking shareholder value from the Paradox acreage with a view to the commencement of a drilling programme in the second half of 2018, following the completion of the 3D seismic shoot. The Board continues to believe that the outlook for U.S.A. energy is extremely encouraging, and that a strategic focus on the Paradox acreage is the optimal way to deliver short-term value to shareholders.
Minera Alamos Inc. (TSXV:MAI, OTCQB:VGMTF) (the “Company” or “Minera Alamos“) is pleased to announce it has received approval for an OTCQB listing in the United States. The Company’s common shares now trade on the OTCQB under the symbol VGMTF.
“We are pleased to announce the conclusion of our efforts to elevate the status of our share trading in the U.S. to the OTCQB,” said Darren Koningen, President and CEO of Minera Alamos. “The listing will provide enhanced access for the Company to investors in the world’s largest equity market. Management believes it will also create a wider awareness of the Company’s ongoing progress as it advances the La Fortuna gold project towards production.”