Vancouver, BC: Galore Resources Inc. (GRI-TSX.V) (“Galore” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce gold results from samples taken in July, 2017 by consulting geologist, Tony Adkins, P. Geo. Galore employed the services of Mr. Adkins to evaluate the El Alamo project and to determine if the property warranted further work. His review of the existing Galore data coupled with a field examination, showed that additional work, particularly a drill program of adequate size, is definitely merited. Mr.
Adkins brings over thirty-five years of comprehensive exploration, project management and mine experience as a geologist and engineer. He has experience with the geological features present at El Alamo.
Mr. Adkins collected seven rock chip samples over the El Alamo project area in an attempt to independently verify the presence of anomalous gold values. Assay results ranged from 0.822 ppm to 18.6067 ppm and confirmed the widespread occurrence of anomalous gold values.
Minera Alamos Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MAI) (the “Company” or “Minera Alamos“) is pleased to announce that it has hired Robelsis Altamirano, P.Eng. , to manage advanced exploration activities aimed at expanding the resource base at the Company’s flagship La Fortuna gold project (“La Fortuna”) in Durango, Mexico. Mr. Altamirano worked previously with the Company’s Mexican technical team and was the exploration manager for Argonaut Gold’s (previously Castle Gold) south extension of the El Castillo gold mine. He has extensive experience (+30 years) managing exploration programs in Mexico with both the Mexican Geological Service (“SGM” – Servicio Geologico Mexicano) and numerous independent mining groups. This included being involved from start-to-finish in the discovery and delineation of Torex Gold Resources’ Media Luna gold project (current inferred resources of 7.4 million gold equivalent ounces at a grade of 4.48 g/t) in the Guerrero Gold Belt, Mexico.
Azure Minerals Limited (ASX: AZS) (“Azure” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired immediate 100% ownership of the Oposura Zinc-Lead-Silver Project (“Oposura”), located in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.
Oposura is an advanced-stage project containing high grade, massive sulphide-hosted, zinc, lead and silver mineralisation, and this acquisition clearly delivers on Azure’s strategy of securing its next flagship project.
Azure’s Managing Director, Mr Tony Rovira said, “Throughout 2017, Azure has had the clear focus to acquire the next flagship project for the Company. This was all about getting the right project for the right deal, and with this acquisition we have done just that. Projects of this quality are rare and keenly sought after, and I’m pleased that we have succeeded in acquiring the advanced stage, precious and base metal project that we’ve been seeking.
VANCOUVER, B.C. Almadex Minerals Limited (“Almadex” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: AMZ; OTCQX: AXDDF) is pleased to announce it has received assay results from hole EC-17-029 of the 2017 Norte drilling program. EC-17- 029 was drilled to target and expand the high grade mineralisation and intersected high grade mineralization and
multiple zones of intense stockwork veining and potassic alteration accompanied by significant copper and gold grades. Highlights include the following intercepts all of which are also shown on the attached plan and section:
Hole EC-17-029 NORTE ZONE, 330 Az, -70 dip
From 118.60 to 653.50, 534.90 meters @ 0.90 g/t gold and 0.30% copper (1.31 g/t AuEq; 0.96% CuEq) Including 118.60 to 510.15, 391.55 meters @ 1.06 g/t gold and 0.34% copper (1.53 g/t AuEq; 1.11% CuEq) And 167.35 to 312.15, 144.80 meters @ 1.77 g/t gold and 0.45% copper (2.39 g/t AuEq; 1.74% CuEq) And 200.15 to 298.15, 98.00 meters @ 1.96 g/t gold and 0.48% copper (2.62 g/t AuEq; 1.91% CuEq)
1 Gold equivalent (“AuEq”) and copper equivalent (“CuEq”) values are calculated assuming 100% recoveries and prices of US$1,250/oz gold and US$2.50/lb copper.
During the 32nd week of the year (August 7th to August 13th, 2017), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, including eight second quarter reports. ON MEXICO ISSUES, two companies reported the receipt of VAT recovery from the government for $1.3 M and $2.4 M respectively. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Oceanus reported results from underground sampling at El Tigre, while Millrock presented an update on properties under its alliance with Centerra. In Zacatecas, Alset presented drilling results from its lithium property, La Salada. In Guanajuato, Golden Minerals informed on drilling by Electrum of its Celaya property. ON MINING, Golden Minerals, Torex Gold, Premier Gold, Alio Gold, Pan American Silver, Americas Silver, Primero Mining and Argonaut Gold presented production and/or financial results for the second quarter of 2017. US Antimony reported cost reductions on its operations and Telson resources reported the first concentrates shipment from Tahehueto in Durango. ON FINANCING, no relevant news for the first time in the year. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Golden Minerals informed on the acquisition of three more claims and the incoming drilling campaign on its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Santacruz Silver completed the sale of the Gavilanes project in Durango to Marlin Gold. Colibri completed the acquisition of Canadian Gold, along with its properties in Sonora. McEwen Mining reported on the next semi-annual return of capital instalment.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
- On VAT recovery. The first company to announce a sizeable VAT recovery in years was Alio Gold, which received $1.3 M in cash before the end of the second quarter. Primero Mining received $2.4 M after the end of the second quarter.
- Golden Minerals Co. announced that Electrum Global Holdings L.P. received results of drilling on Golden’s Celaya property in Guanajuato. Results from 5,600 m drilled in seven holes (800 m per hole?) show intercepts of epithermal quartz vein mineralization with Au, Ag, Zn grades that warrant further testing.
- Alset Minerals Corp. reported partial results from phase one drilling at La Salada salar in Zacatecas, the first of 13 salars to be tested. At La Salada, one deep hole (51.35 m) and 40 auger holes (4.5 – 26.0 m in depth, average 14 m) were completed, both near surface brine samples and extensive lake sediment samples were recovered in the 1,800 m by 900 m salar. Results from five of the holes (the rest are pending) average 14.4 m @ 3.6% K, 975 ppm Li (up to,1860 pm) and 535 ppm B. Water samples average 1.3% K, 1.6% SO4, 258 ppm B, 9 ppm Li, 57 ppm Ca, 36 ppm Mg.
- Oceanus Resources Corp. presented assay results from sampling at old underground exploration tunnels from the unmined Protectora, Aguilas, Fundadora and Caleigh veins on its El Tigre project in Sonora. The rock chip samples are said to be at least 0.5 m in width (no average width disclosed), and collected every 3-5 m along strike in 13 exploration tunnels. Average results include 3 samples on the Caleigh vein @ 19.9 g/t Au, 2,247 g/t Ag; On the Protectora vein: 20 samples @ 0.2 g/t Au, 437 g/t Ag; 18 samples @ 1.3 g/t Au, 290 g/t Ag; 4 samples @ 2.8 g/t Au, 337 g/t Ag; 16 samples @ 2.2 g/t Au, 473 g/t Ag; 5 samples @ 2.8 g/t Au, 680 g/t Ag; 19 samples @ 0.6 g/t Au, 480 g/t Ag. On the Fundadora vein: 5 samples @ 6.1 g/t Au, 307 g/t Ag; 12 samples @ 1.2 g/t Au, 254 g/t Ag.
- Millrock Resources Inc. presented an update in exploration, including information on its three properties in Sonora. The La Navidad project was optioned on June, and immediately entered into a JV with Centerra Gold Inc. Presently underway are soil sampling, geological mapping, induced polarization and magnetic surveys. Also in June El Picacho project was optioned and made a “designated project” on the alliance between Centerra and Millrock. Soil sampling, geological mapping, induced polarization and mag surveys are currently being performed. Los Chinos and Los Cuarenta projects options were terminated by Centerra.
- United States Antimony Corp. reported major cost reductions at its Mexican antimony smelter, as a result of metallurgical changes while increasing production rates. Production at Wadley, San Luis Potosi, is growing with more miners. USAC intends to use its Los Juarez explosives license at Soyatal, Queretaro, which will save money and time. Guadalupe is undergoing road work to re-establish the production of high-grade concentrates. The application for the cyanide permit for the Los Juarez project was resubmitted to SEMARNAT (EPA equivalent) at the end of July, after one item change requested by the agency.
- Telson Resources Inc. announced that the first shipment of lead and zinc concentrates processed at the Atocha mill has been delivered to Mercuria Commodities Trading, S.A. de C.V.. As of August 1, 2017, the Company has processed approximately 1600 tonnes of ore through the Atocha toll mill producing approximately 66.1 dry tonnes of lead concentrate and 94.5 dry tonnes of zinc concentrate which have been delivered to Mercuria.
- Golden Minerals Co. presented financial results for Q2 2017. Approximately $1.7 M revenue was received from the oxide plant lease to Hecla, and costs of $0.5 M to the services provided under the lease, for a net operating margin of $1.1 M. The company spent $0.5 M in exploration related primarily to work at the Santa Maria (Chihuahua), Rodeo (Durango) and other properties, as well as holding costs. Cash and cash equivalents balance of $2.7 M at the end of the period.
- Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported financial and operational results. At El Limón Guajes mine in Guerrero 74,487 Oz Au were produced, as ramp-up continues, with design throughput achieved in June. Plant throughput was 1.2 M tonnes, or 13,063 tonnes per day (tpd), while mine production was 8.4 M tonnes, or 92,044 tpd. The gold recovery rate was 86% on a 2.37 g/t Au average grade, at cash cost $709 per Oz Au and AISC $991. Cash balance of $77.2 M including restricted cash of $15.7 M at the end of the period.
- Premier Gold Mines Ltd. announced its operational and financial results for the second quarter of 2017. At Mercedes in Sonora 177.9 K tones were milled (1,954 tpd) @ 4.03 g/t Au, 36 g/t Ag; with recoveries at 94.9% Au, 43% Ag, to produce 21,893 Oz Au, 89.5 K Oz Ag. By-product cash cost per Oz Au was CAD$550 and by-product AISC per Oz Au of CAD$688. Quarter end cash balance of $156.8 M (US$120.9 M).
- Alio Gold Inc. reported second quarter 2017 results. Production at the San Francisco gold mine was 22,011 ounces during the period, at AISC $954 per Oz Au. The San Francisco mine revitalization plan was initiated and the definitive feasibility study (DFS) after the positive pre-feasibility study (PFS) was released and a CAD$50.4 M bought deal financing was completed. The pre-stripping campaign envisions moving 22 M tonnes of waste from the Main and La Chicharra pits over the next 20 months. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period were $35.9 M.
- Pan American Silver Corp. announced Q2 2017 results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Dolores in Chihuahua the construction of the agglomeration plant was completed and development for underground mining advanced, with initial stope ore mining expected to initiate before the end of 2017. At La Colorada mine in Zacatecas production achieved 1,800 tpd rates during the last month of the quarter. At La Colorada 1.73 M Oz Ag, 0.94 K Oz Au were produced at cash cost $3.38 per Ag Oz. At Dolores 1.04 M Oz Ag, 22.44 K Oz Au were produced at cash cost $0.12 and at Alamo Dorado in Sonora 0.26 M Oz Ag, 0.69 K Oz Au were produced at cash cost $11.18. Cash and short-term investments of $198.2 M at the end of the period.
- Americas Silver Corp. disclosed consolidated financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2017. The figures of its operations in Mexico were informed in a previous release. San Rafael in Sinaloa remains on budget and on time to start production by the end of Q3, 2017. Cash balance at the end of the period was $12.8 M.
- Primero Mining Corp. reported operating and financial results for the second quarter, 2017, including figures form its Mexican operations. At San Dimas 11,903 Oz Au, 0.97 Oz Ag were produced at cash cost $1,144 per AuEq Oz, and AISC $1,650 per AuEq Oz, with operations being impacted by bad relations with unionized employees. “…the Company believes that labour disruptions may continue to adversely affect the Company’s ability to profitably operate the San Dimas…” and “Primero highlights the significant liquidity risk imposed by the pending RFC maturity date of November 23, 2017, and notes that it may not be able to fully repay its debt obligations…”. Cash stood at $12.1 M and $10.0 M available under its existing revolving credit facility (RFC) at the end of the period, with a $33.5 in VAT and $22.8 M income taxes receivable outstanding.
- Argonaut Gold Inc. announced its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2017. The consolidated production was 29,730 AuEq Oz at cash cost $785 and AISC $906 per AuEq ounce. At El Castillo in Durango 2.0 M tonnes of ore @ 0.39 g/t Au and 2.65 M tonnes of waste were moved (51 K tpd) to produce 16,927 Oz Au at cash cost $893 per ounce. At La Colorada in Sonora 1.22 M tonnes of ore @ 0.64 g/t Au and 4.77 M tonnes of waste were moved (66 K tpd) to produce 12,098 Oz Au and 38.2 K Oz Ag at cash cost $590 per AuEq ounce. At San Agustin (10 km from El Castillo) mining commenced during the quarter, leach pad and pond construction was completed and the crushers installed, with ore beginning to be staked on the pad in late June. Construction was 75% complete by the end of July. Cash and cash equivalents stood at $53.8 M at the end of the quarter.
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
- Golden Minerals Co. entered into an agreement to acquire three additional claims at the Santa Maria project in Chihuahua for $0.7 M over four years, with an initial payment of $50 K and $30 K in six months. The targets in these claims are to be tested in an upcoming 2,000 m drill program in the third quarter of 2017, while the environmental study to obtain the permit to perform the 200 tpd underground mining envisaged on the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) has been completed.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
- Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. entered into a definitive agreement to sell 100% interest in the Gavilanes property in Durango to Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. Santacruz is to settle the outstanding balance on some of the claims by making a $500 k payment and issuing 1.25 M Santacruz shares to the property vendor. Gavilanes is a low sulphidation epithermal deposit in the San Dimas mining district with NI-43-101 compliant 6.1 M AgEq indicated ounces (953 K tonnes @ 200 g/t AgEq), and 28.2 M AgEq inferred ounces (5.4 M tonnes @ 163 g/t AgEq).
- Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. settled the outstanding balance owing on certain of the claims included in the Gavilanes project (in Sinaloa) by making a cash payment of US$500 K and 1.25 M Santacruz shares.
- Colibri Resource Corp. completed the acquisition of Canadian Gold Resources Ltd. Colibri acquired all outstanding shares of Canadian Gold for $4 M, paid by way of issuance of 24.2 M shares to the vendor. Colibri now owns 100% interest in Minera Bestep S.A. de C.V., a private Mexican company that holds 100% (no NSR’s) of the Pilar and the Sun properties near Suaqui, in Sonora.
- McEwen Mining Inc. reported a revised record date for the next semi-annual return of capital instalment of a ½ cent per share which will be distributed to shareholders of record on August 14, 2017. The distribution will be paid on August 17, 2017.
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On the picture below, vuggy silica fragment within a felsic tuff in Chihuahua. Photo by Jorge Cirett.
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (NYSE-MKT:ASM: TSX.V, ASM; “Avino” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the drill results from the remaining eleven holes of the extended 22-hole drill program at the main Avino Mine located on the Avino property, 80 Km northeast of Durango, Mexico. The 22-hole program, comprising approximately 3,374 metres, was extended from the original 18-hole program to fully evaluate the tonnage and the grade of the new area of the Avino Vein System between the San Luis workings and the Elena Tolosa (“ET”) current production area. The results from the original eighteen hole drill program were released on December 21, 2016 and April 25, 2017
DIEPPE, NB, Aug. 9, 2017 /CNW/ – (CBI: TSX-V) Colibri Resource Corporation (“Colibri” or the “Company”) has completed its previously announced acquisition of Canadian Gold Resources Ltd. (“CGR”) from ONTOP Capital Limited (the “Vendor”). In accordance with the terms of the Share Purchase Agreement, Colibri acquired all the outstanding shares of CGR for an aggregate acquisition cost of $4,000,000, paid by way of issuance of 24,242,425 common shares (the “Consideration Shares”) at a price of $0.165 per share to the Vendor.
Colibri now owns 100% of the right, title and interest in Minera Bestep S.A. de C.V. (“Bestep”), a private Mexican company. Bestep holds 100% of the right, title and interest in the Pilar Gold Project (“Pilar Property”) and the Sun Project. Both properties are located near Suaqui Grande, Sonora, Mexico and neither property is subject to any royalties or encumbrances. The Pilar Property is 105 hectares in size and the Sun Property is 110 hectares in size. A report on the Pilar Gold Project prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (the “NI 43-101 Report”) has been prepared by Jamie Lavigne M.Sc., P.Geo, a Qualified Person under NI 43-101 and independent of the Pilar Gold Project. The Sun Project has been subject to preliminary exploration work. The NI 43-101 Report is available on SEDAR.
Immediately after closing, the Vendor distributed the Consideration Shares to its shareholders by way of a return of capital dividend. As a result of such distribution, a new Control Person will be created as one of the shareholders of the Vendor, John Schiavi, will be holding or controlling Consideration Shares equal to more than 20% of the issued and outstanding common shares of the Company after giving effect to the Transaction.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August 10, 2017 – Millrock Resources Inc. (TSX-V: MRO) (“Millrock” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on its exploration activities in Alaska, British Columbia, and Mexico, as well as its growth plans for 2017 and beyond.
Keeping in line with the Project Generator business model, Millrock has continued to generate numerous high-quality projects over the past four years. Most recently, the Company has added two new projects to its portfolio: the La Navidad and El Picacho gold projects in Sonora State, Mexico.
Presently, Millrock has three partner companies funding work on five different projects. Total 2017 exploration expenditures are estimated to be US$5.1 million, and revenues from management fees are estimated to be US$380,000, with most of the activity, expenditures, and revenues to come in the latter half of 2017.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – August 10, 2017 – Oceanus Resources Corporation (TSXV:OCN and OTCQB:OCNSF) (“Oceanus” or the “Corporation”) reports it has received the first assay results of chip samples collected from the legacy underground exploration tunnels on the unmined Protectora, Aguilas, Fundadora and Caleigh veins located north of the old El Tigre Mine (see Figure 1 Location Map).
The most significant new discovery and assay results come from a small underground exploration tunnel CO1-6775 located 150 meters along strike to the north of diamond drill hole ET-17-144 (see Figure 1 Location Map). The vein is exposed over a 6 meter strike length in the tunnels and 3 chip samples were taken across the vein. Sample ETU-110 returned 69.2 g/t gold equivalent consisting of 25.2 g/t gold and 3,296.2 g/t silver across a true width of 0.50 meters. The weighted average grade of three samples of the 0.50m wide vein is 49.9 g/t gold equivalent consisting of 19.9 g/t gold and 2,247.4 g/t silver. This newly discovered vein has been named the Caleigh Vein.
GOLDEN, CO, August 9, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) ‐‐ Golden Minerals Company (“Golden Minerals”, “Golden” or “the Company”) (NYSE American and TSX: AUMN) is pleased to share a business update, including:
New property acquired expanding the footprint of the Santa Maria project holdings
2,000 meters drilling planned to test the strike extension of the Santa Maria vein system
Manager of Operations hired for Mexico
Results from Celaya project show, in three of seven holes recently drilled, intercepts of quartz vein material carry gold and silver grades that are within the range of economic interest
New option agreement recently announced with Hecla to extend the lease of the oxide processing plant at the Company’s Velardena Properties