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

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By Jorge Cirett

During the 28th week of the year (July 9th to July 15th, 2018), at least 23 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. Three companies updated on exploration advances. one company announced a financing round while another tries to extend the period for exercise of warrants. Seven companies released Q2 production results and two others a PEA on its properties. Seven companies released advances on the development or exploration of their resource base, and finally one company announced the appointment of its Vice-president Exploration and one other company the optioning of a property to a third party, and returning another to the underlying owner. ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Ridgestone Mining completed an IP survey on its Rebeico property. In Chihuahua Golden Goliath resumed exploration on its San Timoteo project, and in Veracruz Mexican Gold released rock chip sampling results from its Las Minas project.  ON MINING Torex Gold, Endeavour Silver, Great Panther, Capstone, Excellon, Premier Gold and Hecla released second quarter results on production. Sierra Metals released a PEA on a projected production increment at its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua.  ON FINANCING, Prize Mining closed the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement. Candente Gold applied to extend the expiration period of warrants issued on a previous financing. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Santacruz Silver, SilverCrest, Avino Silver, Kootenay Silver and Golden Minerals released drilling or exploration results on their properties with resources. Orla Mining released a PEA on its Camino Rojo Property in Zacatecas. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Discovery Metals announced the appointment of Gernot Wober as VP Exploration. Riverside Resources optioned its La Silla property (in Sinaloa) to Sinaloa Resources, and returned the Glor property (in Sonora) to underlying owner Argonaut Gold, after two unsuccessful drill campaigns by Centerra Gold.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Golden Goliath Resources Ltd. reported the commencement of its summer exploration program at its San Timoteo property in the Uruachic district of Chihuahua. San Timoteo hosts the longest mining tunnel in the district, with mapping and sampling having defined three ore shoots and a manto horizon within it. No exploration has been carried below the level of the tunnel, and the workings are interpreted to be above the boiling zone of an epithermal system, hence the possibility of potential bonanza grades down dip.
  • Mexican Gold Corp. released high grade sampling results from the Pueblo Nuevo area of its Las Minas projects in Veracruz. Multiple new vein occurrences have been discovered in the Pueblo Nuevo Valley structural corridor. The veins “show characteristics of mesothermal quartz veins”, generally 20 to cm in width, sub-vertical dips and no post mineral deformation. The dioritic host rock displays argillic alteration and sulfides up to one meter on each side of the veins. Chip sampling results include 0.43 m @ 7.87 g/t Au, 74 g/t Ag, 3.5% Zn; 0.30 m @ 6.14 g/t Au, 60 g/t Ag, 5.3% Zn; 0.50 m @ 19.18 g/t Au, 229 g/t Ag, 2.25% Zn; 0.3 m @ 4.33 g/t Au, 30 g/t Ag, 1.1% Zn; 0.15 m @ 16.17 g/t Au, 101 g/t Ag, 0.6% Cu, 14.6% Zn; 0.60 m @ 3.18 g/t Au, 17 g/t Ag, 3.5% Zn; 0.40 m @ 4.11 g/t Au, 22 g/t Ag; 0.45 m @ 19.41 g/t Au, 148 g/t Ag, 1.5% Cu, 0.8% Zn; 0.60 m @ 19.26 g/t Au, 70 g/t Ag, 2.3% Zn; 0.75 m @ 10.12 g/t Au, 30 g/t Ag.
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. completed an induced polarization (IP) geophysical survey at its Rebeico Au-Cu project in Sonora. The survey comprised nine lines of IP, each 2 km long, for a total of 18 line kilometers spaced 200 m apart, covering an area of 1.6 by 2.0 km. Ridgestone has an option to acquire 100% interest in the project (subject to a 2% NSR) from YQ Gold de Mexico S. de R.L. (a Mexican corporation). The property covers 167 hectares, and includes the Alaska mine, which has old workings of up to 70 m of depth.

ON MINING

  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. released second quarter production results for 2018, period during which 80 K Oz Au were produced at its Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero. Production has been ramping up, with 9 K tones per day (tpd) on April, 11 K tpd on May and 13 K tpd on June. The SART plant produced its first copper precipitate, with the operations team now taking the plant to full production. The updated technical report on El Limon-Guajes and Media Luna project is to be completed in late July/early August.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. announced the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua, with the report being filed within 45 days. The PEA includes a net present value (NPV) of US$214 M at 8% discount rate, a return on investment (ROI) of 550%, on 3-4 years payback period and a net after-tax cash flow of US$303 M. The plant is to process 5 K tpd at recovery rate of 85% Cu to produce 252.5 M Lb Cu on 11 years of mine life on the existing mineral resource estimate. The longhole stoping method is to be used for mining.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. reported production results for the second quarter 2018. At Guanaceví, in Durango, 71.3 K tonnes were produced @ 225 g/t Ag, 0.67 g/t Au, recovering 90.2% Ag, 92.7% Au to obtain 464.9 K Oz Ag, 1,423 Oz Au. At Bolañitos, in Guanajuato, 108.5 K tonnes were milled @ 91 g/t Ag, 1.82 g/t Au, recovering 78.3% Ag, 82.3% Au, to obtain 248.6 K Oz Ag, 5,222 Oz Au. At El Cubo, in Guanajuato, 134.5 K tonnes were milled @ 171 g/t Ag, 1.92 g/t Au, recovering 86.8% Ag, 84.6% Au, to obtain 642.4 K Oz Ag, 7,029 Oz Au. Consolidated production was 1,355.9 K Oz Ag, 13,674 Oz Au. The El Compas mine in Zacatecas is on track to commence commercial production by the end of July at the target capacity of 250 tpd.
  • Great Panther Silver Mines Ltd. reported production results for the second quarter 2018. At the Guanajuato Mine Complex, in Guanajuato, 77 K tonnes were processed @ 127 g/t Ag, 2.40 g/t Au, recovering 87.7% Ag, 88.2% Au to obtain 276.6 K Oz Ag, 5,240 Oz Au. At Topia, in Durango, 18.1 K tonnes were milled @ 371 g/t Ag, 0.69 g/t Au, recovering 93.9% Ag, 63.1% Au, to obtain 203.1 K Oz Ag, 253 Oz Au. Consolidated production of 95.2 K tonnes milled produced 479.8 K Oz Ag, 5,492 Oz Au, 480 tonnes Pb, 528 tonnes Zn.
  • Capstone Mining Corp. released production results for the second quarter of 2018, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Cozamin, in Zacatecas, 227.6 K tonnes were mined, 224.2 K tonnes milled (4,464 tpd) @ 1.66 % Cu, 1.04% Zn, 0.29% Pb, 45.3 g/t Ag. Recovery was 94.6% Cu, 66.4% Zn, 48.1% Pb, 77.5% Ag, to produce 13,581 tonnes of copper concentrate @ 25.9% Cu, 517 g/t Ag; 3,529 tonnes of zinc concentrate @ 47.5% Zn and 494 tonnes of lead concentrate @ 62.3% Pb, 1,717 g/t Ag.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. announced second quarter 2018 production results from its Platosa mine in Durango. Silver equivalent (AgEq) production increased 120% to 637.2 K Oz AgEq on Q2 2017 figures. 16.1 K tonnes were mined, 22.9 K tonnes milled @ 415 g/t Ag, 4.6% Pb, 6.7% Zn with recoveries of 89.6% Ag, 80.2% Pb, 82.2% Zn to produce 277.7 K Oz Ag, 1.85 M Lb Pb, 2.81 M Lb Zn, or 637.2 K Oz AgEq. Low-grade historical stockpiles and sump material with minimal associated mining cost continued to be processed. An AISC of less than $10 per Ag Oz was achieved.
  • Premier Gold Mines Ltd. released second quarter 2018 production results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Mercedes, in Sonora, 13,780 Oz Au, 44,366 Oz Ag were produced during the period. Production was impacted through the first half of the year owing to delays in the development of the Diluvio and Rey de Oro deposits. “Reinterpretation of the Diluvio ore shapes required changes to the stope designs. Mining in Rey de Oro was delayed by permitting requirements for the ventilation system”.
  • Hecla Mining Co. released preliminary results for the second quarter of 2018, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San Sebastian in Durango, 0.6 M Oz Ag, 3,872 Oz Au were produced in the period. The mill operated at an average of 415 tpd.

ON FINANCING

  • Prize Mining Corp. closed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $6.5 M. No finder’s fees were paid as part of this transaction. (Mercedes, Sonora).
  • Candente Gold Corp. has applied to extend the exercise period of 5 M outstanding share purchase warrants issued at a private placement in August 2016. “The original expiry date was August 12, 2018 and if the extension is approved, the new expiration date will be August 12, 2020”.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Sierra Metals Inc. released a new mineral reserve estimate on the new PEA on its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua. The Cu-Zn skarn (with Ag and Au credits). “Mineralization exhibits strong stratigraphic control and two stratigraphic horizons host the bulk of the mineralization: an upper calcic horizon, which predominantly hosts Zn-rich mineralization, and a lower dolomitic horizon, which predominantly hosts Cu-rich mineralization”. The indicated resources display 13.26 Mt @ 22.5 g/t Ag, 0.29 g/t Au, 1.04% Cu containing 9.6 M Oz Ag, 124 K Oz Au, 137.5 K tonnes Cu, and the inferred resources 8 M tonnes @ 22.4 g/t Ag, 0.42 g/t Au, 0.96% Cu containing 5.8 M Oz Ag, 109 Oz Au, 76.8 K tonnes Cu.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. Reported initial phase I drill results from the Garcia and Armado veins on its Veta Grande project in Zacatecas. Ten drill holes totaling 3,323 m of core drilling have been completed, having received results on the first six holes. Some highlighted true width intervals: 1.0 m @ 0.05 g/t Au, 209 g/t Ag; 0.32 m @ 0.37 g/t Au, 312 g/t Ag; 4 m @ 0.06 g/t Au, 168 g/t Ag; 0.95 m @ 1.36 g/t Au, 235 g/t Ag, 7.5% Pb, 8.7% Zn, 0.2% Cu; 0.65 m @ 292 g/t Ag; 0.88 m @ 1.73 g/t Au, 34 g/t Ag.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. released further phase III drill results for the Las Chispas property in Sonora. Highlighted intervals on the Babicanora vein: 2.0 m @ 0.87 g/t Au, 269 g/t Ag; 2.5 m @ 6.04 g/t Au, 369 g/t Ag (including (0.8 m @ 14.95 g/t Au, 742 g/t Ag); 0.6 m @ 2.19 g/t Au, 63 g/t Ag. Highlighted intervals on the Babicanora footwall vein include: 5 m @ 54.59 g7t Au 6,535 g/t Ag (including 0.5 m @ 183.50 g/t Au, 21,858 g/t Ag); 2.3 m @ 4.07 g/t Au, 436 g/t Ag; 0.9 m @ 1.15 g/t Au, 151 g/t Ag. The sub parallel Babicanora FW vein high-grade footprint has now been traced for 250 m on strike.
  • Avino Silver Gold Mines Ltd. released drill results from the Chirumbo and Guadalupe areas of the Avino property in Durango. Avino vein highlighted core length intersects include 15.4 m @ 0.20 g/t Au, 129 g/t Ag, 0.64% Cu; 42.75 m @ 0.45 g/t Au, 46 g/t Ag, 0.44% Cu; 15.85 m @ 4.13 g/t Au, 20 g/t Ag, 0.07% Cu; 7.35 m @ 0.36 g/t Au, 47 g/t Ag, 0.33% Cu; 6.0 m @ 0.09 g/t Au, 202 g/t Ag, 0.64% Cu. Highlighted Guadalupe vein results include 0.60 m @ 1.38 g/t Au, 90 g/t Ag, 0.76% Cu; 1.50 m @ 4.79 g/t Au, 11 g/t Ag, 0.05% Cu; 3.75 m @ 0.32 g/t Au, 171 g/t Ag, 0.1% Cu; 1.60 m @ 0.23 g/t Au, 84 g/t Ag, 0.28% Cu; 5.20 m @ 0.07 g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, 0.34% Cu; 3.90 m @ 0.33 g/t Au, 129 g/t Ag, 0.75% Cu. The Guadalupe vein has shown to extend along 800 m and to a depth of 250 m. Avino is planning a new drill program targeting the Aguila Mexicana vein system, which is one of the strongest and widest structures on the property.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. released the results of eight core holes from its La Cigarra property in Chihuahua. The holes tested parts of the Las Carolinas, La Borracha and La Nogalera zones, returning medium to high grade silver intercepts in all areas. Highlighted results include: At La Borracha 12.37 m @ 33 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn; At La Nogalera 1.78 m @ 48 g/t Ag, 0.72 g/t Au; 4.0 m @ 736 g/t Ag, 0.09 g/t Au, 0.3% Pb, 0.1% Zn; At Las Carolinas 14.0 m @ 79 g/t Ag, 0.03 g/t Au (including 6.79 m @ 144 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au; 41.38 m @ 45 g/t Ag, 0.03 g/t Au.
  • Golden Minerals Co. disclosed that surface mapping and sampling identified the eastern extension to the Santa Maria vein at the Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Several other veins were also discovered in the adjacent Cervantes concessions in an exploration exercise on which 542 rock chip samples were collected. The Santa Maria vein occurs as a series of quartz-calcite veins up to 4.5 m in width, returning assays as high as 0.6 g/t Au, 347 g/t Ag, 1.2% Zn. The Cervantes quartz-calcite vein system occurs 800 m east of the current resource area, for 700 m of strike length, returning up to 1.6 g/t Au, 207 g/t Ag, 0.24% Cu, 5.6% Pb, 19.5% Zn over widths of up to 1.3 m. Golden estimates completing the PEA during the third quarter of 2018.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. filed a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its Camino Rojo property, Zacatecas. The PEA visualizes a technically simple open pit mine and heap-leach operation with low capital and operating costs, “rapid payback and strong financial performance”. The project envisages a 3.3 payback period, working at a 18 K tpd rate that would place 42.5 M tonnes of material on the heaps @ 0.71 g/t Au, 13.6 g/t Ag (966 K Oz Au, 18.5 M Oz Ag), with a recovery rate of 67% Au and 15% Ag, producing 97,500 Oz/year at an All-in sustaining cost of $555 Oz/Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Discovery Metals Corp. announced the appointment of Gernot Wober as its Vice-President Exploration (Puerto Rico, Coahuila).
  • Riverside Resources Inc. and Sinaloa Resources Inc. signed a letter of intent (LOI) whereby Sinaloa Resources can earn up to 100% interest in Riverside’s La Silla project in Sinaloa. The initial option to earn 70% lies on Sinaloa issuing shares for $1 M, $60K in cash payments and exploration work commitments of $3 M over 36 months. To earn an additional 30% Sinaloa must spend a further $1 M in exploration and issue Riverside $500 K in shares. Riverside is to retain a 2.5% NSR if Riverside’s interest reduces to less than 10%. Previous work in the 2,071 hectares project includes 6 drill holes on the El Roble system, with intersects of up to 15 m @ 6.9 g/t Au.
  • Riverside Resources Inc. announced that drilling assays from two campaigns funded by Centerra Gold Inc. returned insufficient mineralized thickness and continuity to justify further exploration on the Glor project in Sonora. Riverside believes it has tested the best targets on the property and has terminated the underlying option earn-in agreement with Argonaut Gold.

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On the picture above, structure in fine grained sedimentary rocks with iron oxides and minor quartz veining, greenish clays on the walls. From a shallow epithermal system in Guanajuato. Picture by Jorge Cirett

ORLA FILES PRELIMINARY ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT TECHNICAL REPORT ON CAMINO ROJO PROJECT

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Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – July 12, 2018) – Orla Mining Ltd. (TSXV: OLA) (“Orla” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company has filed a technical report, prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101, for its 100% owned Camino Rojo Project located in Zacatecas State, Mexico. Orla previously released the results of the preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”) in its May 29, 2018 news release which included a summary of all assumptions and key results contained in the technical report.

GOLDEN MINERALS DISCOVERS ADDITIONAL HIGH-GRADE VEINS AT SANTA MARIA RESULTS UP TO 1.88 g/t Au and 648 g/t Ag

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Golden, Colorado -/Globe Newswire/– July 12, 2018 – Golden Minerals Company (NYSE American and TSX: AUMN) (“Golden Minerals”, “Golden” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that surface mapping and sampling have identified the eastern extension to the Santa Maria vein system and discovered additional high-grade veins on the adjacent Cervantes property that was acquired by Golden Minerals in August 2017.

Highlights on the First Week of July, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 27th week of the year (July 2nd to July 8th, 2018), at least 16 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with five informing on exploration results, four communicating deals and corporate issues, four  announcing financing rounds, and two reporting on resources and development.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won the election for President with 53.5% of the vote.  ON EXPLORATION, In Baja California, One World Lithium announced exploration results from its Salar del Diablo project. In Sinaloa, Goldplay provided an exploration program update of their El Rosario, San Marcial, and El Habal properties. In Chihuahua, Sable resources reported exploration results from its Margarita project and Silver Spruce filed a drill permit for its Pino de Plata project. In Zacatecas-Durango, Canasil reported drilling results from its La Esperanza project. ON MINING, no relevant information. ON FINANCING, Alio Gold reported the restructuration of its existing debt. Bacanora Lithium announced a US$ 150M debt funding and Prize Mining a private placement for $ 4M.  Maverix acquired a royalty portfolio from Newmont. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Azure released initial mineral resource estimate for its Oposura project in Sonora. Sierra Metals filed a NI 43-101 Technical Report on its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Mexus and MarMar holdings announced the termination of its JV agreement. Aztec Mining announced results of its annual general meeting. Golden Reign and Marlin Gold entered into further mutual extension to combine business.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was elected President of Mexico with 53.5% of the vote.

ON EXPLORATION

  • One World Lithium Inc., reported geochemical results from its Salar del Diablo project in Baja California. The average lithium value was calculated as 83.65 ppm with the median being 75.75 ppm. Sodium values as high as 3% and potassium as high as 1.9% confirm the distribution of anomalous lithium values. The company is expecting in this month a geophysical report that along with the geochemical results will be used to plan 4,000m of drilling to test coincidental targets.
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., provided an update of its exploration program at their El Habal and San Marcial properties in Sinaloa. At the target A, within El Habal property, the company identified a highly anomalous gold mineralized zone covering a 1 square km area that remains open along strike and down dip. Based on the geological mapping, underground and trenching sampling and a CSMAT / Mag surveys, Goldplay initiated a 2-phase diamond drilling program at Zone A.  The phase 1 drilling program includes 2,000m of drilling and is expected to be completed by mid-July. Once all the results are received and interpreted, the company will initiate the second phase. At San Marcial, the company completed a detail LIDAR topography survey on the property. It also is reviewing 52 drill holes and is currently sampling and re-sampling the core. Additionally, Goldplay received approval from the Ejido to commence a surface exploration program and is planning to initiate a drilling program in new target areas.
  • Sable Resources Ltd., identified two new epithermal veins at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. The Juliana vein crops out for over 650m along strike and seems to merge with the Margarita structure. Previous sampling on this structure returned 405 g/t Ag. The Marie vein crops out for over 650m along strike of which 400m are within Sable´s mining concession
  • Silver Spruce Resources inc., filed the Informe Preventivo at SEMARNAT to obtain the permits for up to 30 drill sites for its Pino de Plata project in Chihuahua.
  • Canasil Resources Inc., announced drilling results from its La Esperanza project in Zacatecas-Durango. A drill hole to intercept La Esperanza vein has been completed to a downhole depth of 347m, returning a vein intercept over a core length of 14m (12.15m true width) displaying banded quartz textures with disseminated sulphides. Assays results are pending.

ON MINING

No relevant news.

ON FINANCING

  •  Alio Gold Inc., reported that it has restructured its existing debt, which was scheduled to be repaid in December 2018. Its debt of $ 15M will be repaid in twelve quarterly payments of $ 1.25M with accrued interests, ending in June 2021 (San Francisco mine, Sonora).
  • Bacanora Lithium plc., announced a US$ 150M debt funding secured for the development of its Sonora lithium project.
  • Prize Mining Corp., announced a private placement for $ 4M. Net proceeds will be used on its manto Negro project in Coahuila.
  • Maverix Metals Inc., completed the acquisition of 50 royalties from Newmont. To complete the transaction, Maverix issued  to  Newmont 60M of common shares, 10M of common shares warrants and made a cash payment of $US 17M (La Colorada mine, Zacatecas).

 

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Azure Minerals Limited, released the initial mineral resource estimate as at June 2018 for its Oposura project in Sonora. Total indicated mineral resources are 2.1M tonnes of 17.2 g/t Ag, 2.9% Pb and 5.3% Zn for a total of 1.2M Oz Ag, 135.7 M Lb Pb and 247.5M Lb Zn. Total inferred mineral resources are 0.8M tonnes of 16.5 g/t Ag, 2.5% Pb, and 4.3% Zn for a total of 0.4M Oz Ag, 47.3M Lb Pb, and 80.6M Lb Zn. The company also announced that mineral resource remains open for extensions with further drilling planned for 2018. A PEA is in progress, including an open pit and underground stope design studies, and is expected to complete it by September 2018.
  • Sierra Metals Inc., filed a NI 43-101 Technical Report on resources and reserves for its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua. Total probable reserves are 7.9M tonnes of 0.25 g/t Au, 19 g/t Ag, and 0.86% Cu. Total indicated resources are 13.3 M tonnes of 0.29 g/t Au, 22 g/t Ag, and 1.04% Cu, while total inferred resources are 8M tonnes of 0.42 g/t Au, 22 g/ Ag and 0.96% Cu.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Mexus Gold US and MarMar Holdings S.A. de C.V., announced the termination of its JV agreement. It has been certified by both Sonora and Coahuila´s attesting officials (Santa Elena mine, Caborca, Sonora).

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On the picture above, potassic alteration in a porphyry copper system in Jalisco, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

 

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

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By Jorge Cirett

During the 22nd week of the year (May 28th to June 3rd, 2018), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. Six companies updated on exploration advances, with two companies reporting quarterly reports. Four companies announced financing rounds for an aggregate of $9.8 M. Four companies disclosed news on drilling near resources and development while two reported on property deals. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the Dolores mines in Chihuahua saw its activities reduced due to security issues on access roads. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri released drill results from its Pilar project; Azure disclosed high-grade Au-Co drill intercepts from its Sara Alicia property. ON MINING, Impact Silver and Starcore International presented Q1 reports. ON FINANCING, Telson Mining graduated to Tier 1 issuer on the TSX. Four companies (Prime Meridian, Prospero Silver, Camrova and Minaurum) conducted financing rounds to raise up to $9.8M, with Minaurum heading the pack with $7 M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, SilverCrest Metals released high-grade results from drilling a new vein on Las Chispas, in Sonora. Orla Mining released a PEA on Camino Rojo, in Zacatecas. Alio Gold released drill results from its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. Excellon Resources disclosed high-grade drill results from its Platosa mine in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Sonoro Metals acquired another claim for its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. Prime Meridian signed a LOI on the Parral Mining project with Eclipse Mining.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Dolores mine in Chihuahua reduced its operations due to a security incident on its access roads. The state government later vowed to maintain free access.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Sonoro Metals Corp. optioned the 20 hectare Tres Amigos mining concession (see below), contiguous to its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. The concession contains a quartz vein system commonly sheeted and stockwork quartz veining in the host rock that is part sedimentary rock and part rhyolitic intrusive rock.
  • Prospero Silver Corp. started drilling at the Buenavista project in Durango. This is the fourth project to be drilled under the terms of a second round of strategic investment from Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.. The 3,000 m program is to test at least four drill ready zones: Buenavista South Stockwork, Buenavista NE Dike/Vein, Camaleon Vein and the Pajaro Stockwork. These targets occur within the lower portion of a strong high-level argillic cap, and drilling is to test for a deeper preserved epithermal zone.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. released results from 16 reverse circulation holes from its Pilar project in Sonora. Highlighted results include 10.5 m @ 0.28 g/t Au; 22.5 m @ 0.31 g/t Au; 12.0 m @ 0.52 g/t Au; 6.0 m @ 0.79 g/t Au; 52.5 m @ 0.20 g/t Au; 19.50 m @ 0.27 g/t Au; 40.5 m @ 0.73 g/t Au. Colibri is now drilling the final 900 m of the 3,000 m phase 1 program.
  • Azure Minerals Ltd. disclosed results from stage 2 drilling at its Sara Alicia property in Sonora. The campaign comprised 1,127 m in 13 holes. Highlighted intervals comprise 3.75 m @ 8.08 g/t Au; 5.90 m @ 5.5 g/t Au; 3.65 m @ 8.41 g/t Au; 19.6 m @ 8.65 g/t Au; 8.8 m @ 6.2 g/t Au and 3.65 m @ 1.19% Co, 24.95 m @ 0.31% Co, 9.5 m @ 0.48% Co, 16.2 m @ 0.32% Co. “The high-grade cobalt mineralisation is hosted within a shoot of massive and semi-massive sulphides that outcrops near the top of the Sara Alicia hill and plunges at a shallow angle towards the northwest.”
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. reported drilling results from the Tano zone, about 1.2 km SW from the pre-feasibility study pit of its Ixtaca project in Puebla. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 28.9 m @ 0.36 g/t Au, 23 g/t Ag (including 6.3 m @ 0.79 g/t Au, 29 g/t Ag; 17.5 m @ 0.43 g/t Au, 7 g/t Ag; 4.6 m @ 1.35 g/t Au, 72 g/t Ag; 89. 5 m @ 0.83 g/t Au, 2 g/t Ag (including 40.0 m @ 1.45 g/t Au, 3 g/t Ag; 26.0 m @ 1.93 g/t Au, 4 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 27.50 g/t Au, 58 g/t Ag).
  • Auxico Resources Canada Inc. discovered three historical mines on its Zamora property in Sinaloa. A 1982 government report included all the rehabilitation work done in the property, including a map recording all historic workings within a 1,000 by 600 m grid. Sampling in the El Tacomate, El Arroyito and La Campeona returned 0.2 m @ 0.7 g/t Au, 107 g/t Ag; 0.9 m @ 1.9 g/t Au, 413 g/t Ag; 0.30 m @ 10.1 g/t Au, 942 g/t Ag.

ON MINING

  • Pan American Silver Corp. Initiated steps to reduce activities at its Dolores mine in Chihuahua, following security incidents along access roads to the site. Ore stacking to the leach pads and the processing plant are operating at normal level, and the mine site remains secure. The company is to maintain personnel at levels necessary for site security and reduced operating activities.
  • Impact Silver Corp. released financial results for the quarter ending on March 2018. Silver production was 213.2 K Oz during the period, resulting from milling of 46.6 K tonnes milled @ 160 g/t Ag. The net loss for the quarter was $0.5 M, and the company has a $3.8 M cash position.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported first quarter operating results from Veta Grande in Zacatecas and Rosario in San Luis Potosi. At Veta Grande 34.9 K tonnes were processed @ 142 g/t AgEq, to produce 32,413 Oz Ag (47% recovery), 56 Oz Au, 109 tonnes Pb, 118 tonnes Zn. At Rosario, 13,410 tonnes were processed @ 232 g/t AgEq to produce 15,689 Oz Ag, 79 Oz Au, 25 tonnes Pb, 331 tonnes Zn. A 6,000 m surface drilling program is ongoing in the Veta Grande vein, and a 3,000 underground drilling program on the Armados vein. At Rosario, the 350 tpd production rate is expected to be achieved by end of Q2.

ON FINANCING

  • Telson Mining Corp. has been approved for graduation from Tier 2 issuer on the TSX Venture Exchange to Tier 1 issuer (Campo Morado, Guerrero).
  • Prime Meridian Resources Corp. is conducting a non-brokered private placement to raise proceeds of up to $1.5 M (Parral Mining project, Chihuahua).
  • Prospero Silver Corp. completed the second and final tranche of its previously announced private placement financing, raising aggregate gross proceeds of $1 M (Petate, Hidalgo; Buenavista, Durango).
  • Camrova Resources Inc. closed a non-brokered private placement, raising CAD$226 K (Boleo, Baja California Sur).
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. closed the final tranche of its previously announced oversubscribed private placement, raising $1.38 M, for total gross proceeds of $7.08 M (Alamos Silver, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. announced drill results and discovery of the Babicanora Norte Vein on the Las Chispas property in Sonora. The vein is 300 m north of the parallel Babicanora vein. Highlighted true width (TW) results comprise 1.4 m @ 9.11 g/t Au, 1,033 g/t Ag; 1.3 m @ 5.19 g/t Au, 726 g/t Ag; 1.2 m @ 4.71 g/t Au, 593 g/t Ag; 1.5 m @ 23.96 g/t Au, 2,081 g/t Ag; 1.4 m @ 1.33 g/t Au, 141 g/t Ag. Mineralization consists of a 0.5 to 1.5 m wide banded quartz-argentite-pyrargyrite vein, proximal to a rhyolite dyke and measuring 200 m long by 100 m high, with an average width of 1.4 m @ 8.47 g/t Au, 879 g/t Ag, remaining open in most directions.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. released the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on its Camino Rojo property in Zacatecas. The new mineral resource estimate includes measured and indicated mineral resources of 9.65 M Oz Au, 102.4 M Oz Ag (354.9 M tonnes at 0.85 g/t gold and 9 g/t silver) and an inferred mineral resource of 1.82 M Oz Au and 16.2 million ounces of silver (65.2 M tonnes at 0.87 g/t gold and 8 g/t silver). The PEA is based on near-surface oxide and partly oxidized material that can be processed by heap leaching, on an 18 K tonnes per day operation (tpd), recovering 67% Au to produce 97.5 K Oz Au per year. The feasibility analysis is expected during the first half of 2019.
  • Alio Gold Inc. disclosed drilling results from its last four holes at its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. The highlighted intervals comprise 34.5 m @ 0.89 g/t Au; 53.7 m @ 1.03 g/t Au; 41.0 m @ 1.40 g/t Au; 64.5 m @ 1.24 g/t Au; 37.7 m @ 1.14 g/t Au; 19.8 m @ 1.49 g/t Au. Several of those intervals come from a hydrothermal breccia south of the proposed pit.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. released drilling results from its Platosa mine in Durango. Highlighted core length intervals from the 693, pierna and rodilla mantos include: 5.3 m @ 1,1153 g/t Ag, 8.2% Pb, 3.4% Zn; 5.4 m @ 649 g/t Ag, 3.3% Pb, 3.9% Zn; 7.9 m @ 594 g/t Ag, 0.9% Pb, 1.4% Zn; 2 m @ 2,148 g/t Ag, 19.2% Pb, 9.7% Zn; 6.7 m @ 870 g/t Ag; 13.3% Pb, 12.4% Zn.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Sonoro Metals Corp. optioned from two private owners the 20 hectare Tres Amigos mining concession, contiguous to its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. The option increases the land holdings under option to 1,455 hectares. The $130 K option, which is payable on nine equal ($14.4 K) cash installments over 48 months, is to provide Sonoro with a 100% interest in the property.
  • Prime Meridian Resources Corp. signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Eclipse Mining Services Pty Ltd. for a 70% interest on in the Parral mining project in Chihuahua. PMR will earn a 30% interest by issuing CA$500 K in shares to Eclipse, US$200 K in shares to a shareholder of Eclipse, and cash payments of US$800 K as follows. A payment of up to US$185 K on completion of an initial 43-101 report, a further payment of up to US$750 K (plus 7% annual interest) for repayment of the loans made by Eclipse for development of the project and advance the balance of the required $US800 K cash payments toward the development capital of the project. PMR may earn a further 40% on the project by investing a further US4.0 M investment, or by financing the development of the processing plant input capacity to 500 tpd within 36 months of the date of the LOI.

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On the picture below, kaolin workings on a shallow epithermal system in Guanajuato. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

Highlights on the Third Week of May, 2018. Mining and Exploration News in Mexico

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By Jorge Cirett

During the 20th week of the year (May 14th to May 20th, 2018), at least 17 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. Seven companies updated exploration advances, with only one company reporting a quarterly report and one other a round of financing. Two companies disclosed news on resources and development while four reported on deals and company issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, San Marco was awarded the Espiritu concession, and Millrock begun a new drilling campaign at La Navidad. In Chihuahua, Endeavour Silver released drill results from its Parral properties; VVC Exploration commenced a new drill campaign at its Samalayuca project. In Coahuila, Discovery Metals presented rock sample results from three prospects within its Minerva project. In Sinaloa, Kootenay optioned the Copalito property. In Jalisco, Evrim commenced a third phase exploration campaign at Cuale. ON MINING, Starcore International presented a quarterly report. ON FINANCING, SilverCrest Metals announced the closing of a $17.25 M financing. Mexus Gold paid a $183 K debt. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mag Silver presented an advance on development of the Juanicipio project in Zacatecas. Minera Alamos completed the second phase of bulk leach testing at its Santana property in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Marlin Gold and Golden Reign signed a LOI pursuing a business combination. Kootenay Silver optioned the Copalito property in Sinaloa. Argonaut Gold informed on the state of affairs of the legal battle to resume blasting at its La Colorada mine in Sonora. Leagold received clearance from the Mexican government to complete a business combination with Brio Gold.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. disclosed drilling results from its Parral properties in Chihuahua. At the San Patricio vein system 8,846 m of core drilling have been completed over 1400 m of strike length. “Three mineralized areas were intersected, of which the largest and central zone now measures 600 m long by 250 m vertical (starting 150 m deep) by 1-3 m true thickness, still open to the south and at depth”. Highlighted true width (TW) intercepts include 2.1 m @ 303 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 1.0 m @ 678 g/t Ag, 0.22 g/t Au, 3.5% Pb, 0.9% Zn; 3.0 m @ 689 g/t Ag, 0.24 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 1.6 m @ 293 g/t Ag, 0.27 g/t Au, 3.5% Pb, 7.6% Zn; 2.3 m @ 1,660 g/t Ag, 0.72 g/t Au, 6.5% Pb, 14.4% Zn. Metallurgical recoveries from core samples with flotation and leaching tests include 47% Ag from Sierra Plata (oxide), 98% Ag on El Verde (mixed), 95% Ag on Remedios-Argentina (mixed), 94% Ag and 93% Au on Palmilla (oxide) and 91% Ag and 86% Au in Cometa-San Juanico (mixed).
  • San Marco Resources Inc. announced it was awarded the Espiritu 2,712 ha SMR concession in the recent mineral concession lottery by the Mexican government. The property is less than 30 km SE from San Marco’s Chunibas and 1068 projects in the Sahuaripa district. “Espiritu SMR overlies a window of pre-mineral cretaceous volcanic and sedimentary rocks intruded by Laramide age granitoids”. Previous operator in the area, Kootenay Silver Inc. stated: “An extensive area of polymetallic vein, stockwork, breccia and gold-copper porphyry mineralization”. A porphyry copper setting and a vein and stockwork zone of precious and base metal mineralization are separated by a major fault. Selected drill hole intercepts include 48.0 m @ 0.19 g/t Au, 0.1% Cu; 220.5 m @ 0.14 g/t Au, 0.15% Cu. San Marco is preparing to do a first-pass ground validation and prospecting.
  • VVC Exploration Corp. commenced the third phase of diamond drilling at its Samalayuca copper project in Chihuahua. VVC expects to drill about 3,000 m in the next 180 days.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. optioned the Copalito project in Sinaloa (See below). “The Copalito Project covers a gold and silver epithermal vein system comprised of numerous veins, with individual veins currently traced over strike lengths up to 2 kilometres. Veins vary in width from 0.5 to 10 meters at surface and grade from background to highs of 7.2 gpt gold and 1,620 gpt silver in grab samples”. Vein textures indicate a low or intermediate sulfidation vein system.
  • Millrock Resources Inc. is beginning a second round of drilling at its La Navidad project in Sonora. The target in the project is orogenic gold mineralization, bulk mineable run-of-mine oxidized deposit. The 1,650 m program aims to drill 150 – 250 m in depth in seven holes, testing areas of gold soil anomalies that now are supported by gold anomalies in trenches. The strongest anomalies occur in folded, faulted metasedimentary rocks of Jurassic age, in close proximity to diorite and monzonite dikes. An induced polarization survey has identified low angle structures conducive of orogenic gold deposits. A 1.4 km of trenching on 16 trenches has been completed, with multiple intervals of anomalous gold, like 18.0 m @ 0.56 g/t Au, 24.9 m @ 0.32 g/t Au, 18.2 m @ 0.20 g/t Au, 10.9 m @ 0.38 g/t Au.
  • Evrim Resources Corp. commenced a third phase exploration at its Cuale high sulfidation project in Jalisco. The program includes 3,000 m of drilling, following on discovery trenches 1 to 4 from La Gloria zone, where trench 1 returned 1.67 g/t Au over 263.7 m and trench 4 returned 13.61 g/t Au over 106.2 m. “The soil survey has already commenced and will be followed with up to 650 metres of trenching at La Gloria and surrounding targets to extend the known footprint of outcropping gold mineralization”. A 40 line-km controlled source audio-magnetotellurics (CSMAT) is planned on potential mineralization under shallow cover. A 3,000 m program is expected to commence on July.
  • Discovery Metals Corp. disclosed assay results of 152 samples from its Minerva project in Coahuila. “Minerva encompasses Ag-Pb-Zn mineralization hosted in skarns, mantos, chimneys and breccias”, similar to La Encantada mine 30 km to the East. The mineralization is located along the margin of a polyphase granitoid intrusive body, with ample zone of shallow gravel cover. At La Tercia prospect, channel samples returned 0.8 m @ 30 g/t Ag, 2.3% Pb, 4.6% Zn; 2.0 m @ 249 g/t Ag, 6.9% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 4.0 m @ 37 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 0.6 m @ 3.8% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 0.6 m @ 84 g/t Ag, 5.8% Pb, 0.2% Zn. At Concordia samples returned 0.8 m @ 1,775 g/t Ag, 14.5% Pb, 40.3% Zn; 0.7 m @ 51 g/t Ag, 2.6% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 0.4 m @ 11 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 25.8% Zn. At Mina Minerva results include 5.1 m @ 39 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 2.0% Zn; dump @ 229 g/t Ag, 30.5% Pb, 5.7% Zn; 0.8 m @ 143 g/t Ag, 9.7% Pb, 5.3% Zn; 1.0 m @ 41 g/t Ag, 2.0% Pb, 16.4% Zn.

ON MINING

  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. announced production results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2018. During the quarter 71.9 K tonnes of ore @ 1.69 g/t Au, 40.6 g/t Ag were processed on its San Martin mine in Queretaro, resulting in the production of 4,140 Oz AuEq. Mill recoveries averaged 88.4% Au, 57.4% Ag. Also during the quarter the Altiplano facility received 373 tonnes of concentrate containing approximately 805 Oz Au and 26,813 Oz Ag.

ON FINANCING

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. completed its prospectus offering for gross proceeds of $17.25 M, including the exercise of the over-allotment option in full. The company paid the underwriters a cash commission of up to 6% of the gross proceeds of the offering. The proceeds are to be used on the preparation of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) at the Las Chispas property in Sonora, as well as continuing exploration in the several targets it contains.
  • Mexus Gold US. announced the payment of $183.3 K due to JMJ Financial, closing the current outstanding debt agreement prior to the expiration date (8 Hermanos, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mag Silver Corp. presented financial results for the first quarter of 2018. Underground development rate has intensified, and exploration drilling is now utilizing directional drilling to infill and expand the Deep Zone, which remains open to depth and on strike. The company funded advances on the Juanicipio project in Zacatecas, mainly by “cash calls” by the operator (Fresnillo PLC). At the end of the period the company had $152.7 M in cash and cash equivalents.
  • Minera Alamos Inc. has completed the second phase of its bulk testing heap-leach activities at its Santana project in Sonora. The initial phase used coarse crushing (<3”) and the second phase involved fine crushing (<1.2-5/8”) and agglomeration of the same mineralized material prior to leaching. The recoveries from the second phase were faster and consistent with those of the first phase of leaching, with 190 Oz Au recovered from 9,000 tonnes of material over a three month period, representing 0.65 g/t of recovered gold.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. and Golden Reign Resources Ltd. entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) together with Wexford Capital LP, pursuing a business combination of Golden Reign’s San Albino-Murra property in Nicaragua, and Marlin’s La Trinidad mine in Sinaloa. Golden reign plans to acquire all Marlin shares. Upon completion of the transaction Marlin shareholders will own approximately 45% of Golden Reign shares, while Golden Reign shareholders will own 55% of the shares.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. entered into an option agreement to acquire a 100% interest on the Copalito Ag-Au project in Sinaloa. The seven concessions 3,700 ha project can be acquired by making staged payments over a 4-year period, totaling US$985 K, with the vendors retaining a 0.5% NSR. A finders fee of C$10 K and 100 K common shares have to be paid.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. reported that the Judiciary court hearing with respect to the company’s explosives permit for its La Colorada mine has been rescheduled to June 4, 2018. The company also appealed the Judiciary court’s original decision to temporarily suspend the explosives permit to the Collegiate Tribunal, requesting to re-instate the explosives permit so the company can blast material while the judiciary legal process continue. Argonaut estimates it has sufficient ore to continue operations until the end of July, at the present rate of 12,000 tonnes per day (tpd).
  • Leagold Mining Corp. received clearance from the Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (COFECE) with respect to Leagold’s acquisition of Brio Gold Inc. “COFECE approval was the final government agency approval required before completing the acquisition, which is anticipated to occur on or around May 24, 2018”

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On the picture above, opaline silica from a shallow epithermal system in Guanajuato. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

 

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 19th week of the year (May 7th to May 13th, 2018), at least 40 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with eight informing on exploration results, nine reporting Q1 2018 results, four announcing financing, sixteen communicating deals and corporate issues, and  seven reporting on resources & development. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Fernando Alanis Ortega was appointed President of CAMIMEX for the period 2018-2010. Investment in the mining sector reached $4,287 M USD in 2017, representing an increase of 14.3%. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri Resource reported drilling results at its El Pilar project, and Azure provided an update on its El Alacran project. In Chihuahua, Sable commenced a 4,000m diamond drill program on its Margarita project; Prospero and Fortuna revised its 2018 work program for Bermudez and Trias projects in Chihuahua, and Buenavista project in Durango.  In Zacatecas-Durango, Canasil announced plans to resume drilling at its La Esperanza project. In Guerrero, Alio announced that a regional exploration work is underway on its Ana Paula project. In Oaxaca, Megastar signed an option agreement to acquire a mining project. ON MINING, Alio Gold, Pan American Silver, Americas Silver, Excellon, GoGold, Hecla, Premier Gold, and Torex reported Q1 2018 results from their Mexican operations. Gainey completed upgrade of its Huajicori mill in Nayarit. ON FINANCING, Almaden announced a non-brokered private placement for $7M.  Minaurum raised $4.7M in its first tranche of a total $6M non-brokered private placement. Prize Mining announced a non-brokered private placement for $2M. Silver Spruce closed a non-brokered private placement for $287.7K. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Alio initiated the construction of a 1,200m underground decline at its Ana Paula project in Guerrero. Hecla provided an exploration update on its San Sebastian Mine.  Leagold reported underground drilling results for its Los Filos mine in Guerrero. Premier Gold filed a technical report for its Mercedes mine in Sonora.  Sierra Metals reported mine development at its Cusi and Bolivar mines in Chihuahua during Q1 2018 period. US Antimony reported progress on the construction of the leach plant for the Los Juarez Au-Ag-Sb deposit in Queretaro. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Alamos Gold, Endeavour, Excellon, and Fortuna reported results of its 2018 annual general meetings. Alamos also announced changes to its Board of Directors. Almadex approved spinout transaction. Great Panther announced the departure of its COO. Canuc announced the appointments of its CFO and Corporate Secretary. New Gold announced the appointment of its President and CEO. Candente reached an agreement with 3rd Eye Research to retain IR services. First Majestic completed the acquisition of Primero Mining. Goldplay received approval on the San Marcial option agreement in Sinaloa with SSR Mining. One World Lithium announced the granting of stock options. Primero announced receipt of Mexican antitrust clearance for arrangement with First Majestic. MX Gold signed a definitive agreement to sell interest at its Magistral project in Durango.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Fernando Alanis Ortega, was appointed President of the Mexican National Chamber of Mines (CAMIMEX) for the period 2018-2010, replacing the outgoing Daniel Chavez Carreon.
  • CAMIMEX, reported that the investment in the mining sector reached $4,287 M USD in 2017. Although this represents an increase of 14.3% over the previous year, it is still 48.5% lesser that the invested record in 2012 which reached $8,043M USD.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corporation, reported drilling results from its El Pilar project in Sonora. Highlights are 9m of 8.16 g/t Au, including 1.5m of 33.4 g/t Au. The company has completed 2,117m in 20 RC holes “aimed to test for continuity within previously interpreted zones of mineralization, test for extensions to the known mineralization, and explore locally for new zones of gold mineralization”.
  • Azure Minerals Limited, provided an update on results from its El Alacrán project in Sonora, currently operated by Minera Teck S.A. de C.V. Teck drilled 14 holes to test extensions of Au mineralized zones at Loma Bonita area. Results suggest potential expansion of the Loma Bonita epithermal Au-Ag mineralized system at depth south towards Cerro San Simon, where four holes were drilled to test resistivity anomalies. Teck also drilled four holes at Cerro Colorado Zone to test mapped targets and geophysical anomalies generated by IP surveys and airborne magnetics, confirming potential for porphyry copper mineralization. Geological, geochemical and geophysical surveys are being carried out in H1, 2018 and will be followed by further drilling in H2, 2018.
  • Sable Resources Ltd., commenced a 4,000m diamond drill program to test 1.7km of Ag-bearing epithermal quartz veins at its margarita project in Chihuahua. The aim is to test for high-grade precious metal horizon 200m below mineralized surface samples.
  • Prospero Silver Corp., and Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., revised its 2018 exploration program, deciding to conduct a 6,000m drill program to test targets at its Buenavista, project in Durango, as well as at its Bermudez and Trias projects in Chihuahua.
  • Canasil Resources Inc., announced plans to resume drilling at its La Esperanza project in Zacatecas-Durango. The drill program was designed to test the northwestern and southeastern extension of the La Esperanza vein 50m below of the high grade found in hole ES-17-16.
  • Alio Gold Inc., announced that a regional exploration work is underway on its Ana Paula project in Guerrero which includes an airborne magnetic survey targeting further breccia or skarn targets.
  • Megastar Development Corporation, signed an option agreement with Paradex Inc., and Minera ZalameraA. de C.V., to acquire 100% of the Rama de Oro project in Oaxaca. “The Project is hosted by caldera-related Tertiary volcanic rocks (e.g. El Aguila model) crosscut by hydrothermal veining inferred to be related to late-stage granitic magmatism locally exposed as dikes and underlying the adjacent ‘Nueve Puntos’ mountain”. Exploration work on the property has identified a 4 square-Km zone of quartz veining, silicification, and clay alteration of volcanic rocks. Sampling on this altered zones have returned anomalous values of Au, Ag, As, Hg, and Sb, suggesting the upper part of a precious metal epithermal system.
  • Prize Mining Corporation, reported sampling results at its Manto Negro Copper project in Coahuila. Significant results include 6m of 2.73% Cu and 58 g/t Ag, 5.2m of 1.78% Cu and 40 g/t Ag, and 7m of 1.65% Cu and 36 g/t Ag.

ON MINING

  • Alio Gold Inc., announced Q1 results from its san Francisco mine in Sonora, Alio produced 17.6K Oz Au and ~9K Oz Ag at an AISC of $1,262 per Oz Au.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., reported results from its Dolores and La Colorada mines in Chihuahua and Zacatecas states respectively. Au and Ag production during the period of Q1, 2018 was 34.4K Oz Au and 1.2M Oz Ag at Dolores mine and 1K Oz Au and 1.65M Oz Ag at La Colorada mine.
  • Americas Silver Corporation, reported Q1 2018 results from its Cosala operations in Sinaloa. Americas processed 163.8K tonnes to produce 397K Oz Ag, 7.6 M Lb Pb, and 7.3M Lb Zn.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., reported Q1 2018 results from its La Platosa mine in Durango. The company processed 18.9K tonnes (including 5.9K tonnes of historical stockpile) at average grades of 359 g/t Ag, 3.8% Pb, and 6.4% Zn to produce 194.5K Oz Ag, 1.3M Lb Pb, and 1.8M Lb Zn.
  • Gainey Capital Corp., completed upgrade of its Huajicori mill in Nayarit to process 300 tonnes per day.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., announced Q1 2018 results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. The company stacked 439.3K tonnes on the leach pad to produce 265.6K Oz Ag and 1908 Oz Au.
  • Hecla Mining Company, reported Q1 2018 results from its San Sebastian mine in Durango. The mine produced 512K Oz Ag and 4,500 Oz Au.
  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, announced Q1 2018 results from its Mercedes mine in Sonora. The company milled 168.3K tonnes of 2.91 g/t Au and 31.8 g/t Ag to produce 15K Oz Au and 57.4K Oz Ag.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., reported Q1 2018 results from its El Limón-Guajes Mine Complex in Guerrero. Torex processed 785K tonnes of 3.29 g/t Au to produce 67.2K Oz Au at an AISC of $954 per ounce.

ON FINANCING

  • Almaden Minerals Ltd., announced a non-brokered private placement for $7M. Net proceeds will be used for exploration and development of its Ixtaca project in Puebla.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc., raised $4.7M in its first tranche of a total $6M non-brokered private placement. Net proceeds will be used for its ongoing exploration program at the Alamos Silver project in Sonora.
  • Prize Mining Corporation, announced a non-brokered private placement for $2M. Net proceeds will be used to conduct a geological, diamond drill and engineering assessment on its Manto Negro Copper project in Coahuila The aim is to produce a 43-101 compliant mineral resource.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., closed a non-brokered private placement for $287.7K. Net proceeds will be used at Its Pino de Plata project in Chihuahua, aimed to drill target sites on the property.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Alio Gold Inc., initiated the construction of a 1,200m underground decline at its Ana Paula project, which is expected to be completed in Q3 2018. It will enable commencement of the first phase of the proposed underground diamond drill program, which will consist of 12,000 m in 55 holes. The company completed a six-hole 3,800m drill program below the proposed open pit to better define the geometry of the complex high-grade breccia and know the mineralization extent. Alio is also currently carrying out a drilling program on a high priority surface target 150m north of the proposed open pit, on which a detailed geological mapping at a scale 1:2,000 will be conducted.
  • Hecla Mining Company, provided and exploration update on its San Sebastian mine in Durango. An Infill drill program is been conducted to expand high-grade polymetallic zones similar to the Hugh Zone on the Middle and Francine veins, as well as oxide mineralization along the Professor and Francine veins. Significant results are 1.34m of 135 g/t Ag, 23.5% Pb, 18.5% Zn, and 7.9% Cu on the polymetallic zone, and 1.58m of 1,200 g/t Ag and 4.98 g/t Au on the oxide mineralization. At West Middle vein, the most significant intercepts are 1.34m of 317 g/t Ag, 10.1% Pb, 18% Zn, and 3% Cu, and 0.85m of 304 g/t Ag, 8.5% Pb, 9.4% Zn, and 3.8% Cu.
  • Mexican Gold Corp., reported step-out drilling results from the El Dorado / Juan Bran and Santa Cruz zones within its Las Minas projects in Veracruz. Significant interceptions are 8m of 1.06 g/t Au and 6 g/t Ag, including 6m of 1.36 g/t Au and 8 g/t Ag; 6m of 2.52 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag; 14m of 1.96 g/t Au and 0.3 g/t Ag, including 6m of 3.49 g/t Au and 0.5 g/t Ag; and 24m of 1.24 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag, including 10m of 2.12 g/t Au and 4 g/t Ag. The drill results tested the continuity of mineralization at El Dorado / Juan Bran zone and extended the mineralized zone to depth as well as cutting multiple mineralized intervals in the upward extension of the Santa Cruz zone.
  • Leagold Mining Corporation, reported underground drilling results for its Los Filos mine in Guerrero. Highlights are 4.1m of 24.2 g/t Au, 6.95m of 23.6 g/t Au, and 9.1m of 8.7 g/t Au from the Nukay, Conchita and Creston Rojo deposits respectively. The aim of the drilling program which comprises over 12,000m to date from 62,000m planned for 2018 is to identify additional resources along the contact of the circular intrusive orebodies.
  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, filed a technical report to release  updated mineral reserves for its Mercedes Mine in Sonora, with 3.3M tonnes of 3.94 g/t Au containing 417K Oz Au, and measured and indicated mineral resources for 3.68M tonnes of 4.32 g/t Au containing 511K Oz Au.
  • Sierra Metals Inc., reported mine development at its Cusi and Bolivar mines in Chihuahua during Q1, 2018. At Cusi, mine development totaled 676m. The company also carried out 1,448m of underground infill drilling, and 7,398m from surface. At Bolivar, mine development totaled 1,177m, with 650m to prepare stops for mine production, 466m to deepening ramps and developing service ramps for ventilation and pumping, and 61m of raises.
  • US Antimony Corporation, reported progress on the construction of the leach plant for the Los Juarez Au-Ag-Sb deposit in Queretaro. Testing and shake-down of the plant is anticipated in Q4 2018.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Almadex Minerals Limited., approved a spinout transaction of its early stage exploration projects, royalties interests, and certain other assets. Almadex will be re-named Azucar Minerals Ltd., upon closing of the transaction.
  • Candente Gold Corp., reached an agreement with 3rd Eye Research to retain IR services.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., completed the acquisition of Primero Mining Corp. With the arrangement now completed the Primero´s shares will be delisted from the TSX. The company also announced the termination of the silver purchase agreement with Wheaton

Precious Metals Corp., relating to the San Dimas mine.

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., received the approval to acquire the 100% of the San Marcial, Sinaloa option agreement with SRR Mining. Goldplay will pay, over a three year option period, $2.6 M in cash, issue 3.5M common shares, and incur in exploration expenses for $3M.
  • Primero Mining Corp., announced receipt of Mexican antitrust clearance for the arrangement with First Majestic.
  • MX Gold Corp., signed a definitive agreement to sell its 50% interest on its Magistral project in Durango for a purchase price of US$4.5M.

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On the picture above, an oxidized quartz vein with a high content of disseminated pyrite in a prospect in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

 

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

On the picture above, a banded quartz-barite vein in a prospect in Chihuahua state, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 17th week of the year (April 23th to April 29th, 2018), at least 19 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with seven informing on exploration results, six reporting Q1 2018 results, two announcing financing, three communicating deals and corporate issues, and  two reporting on resources & development. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Argonaut has taken legal measures to re-activate its explosive permit at its la Colorada mine in Sonora. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Minerals & Kootenay presented drilling results from its Cervantes property and Azure reported recoveries and concentrate grades at its Oposura project. In Sinaloa, Goldplay received drill permit for its El Habal project. In Chihuahua, Mammoth announced drilling results from its Tenoriba project.  In Zacatecas, Goldcorp presented drilling results from the Santa Rosa target near its Peñasquito Mine, and signed a LOI with Frisco to explore key regional targets at the Mazapil Valley. Prospero provided its plan work for the remainder of 2018 for its exploration projects in Mexico. ON MINING, Agnico Eagle reported Q1 results on its La India mine in Sonora, and Pinos Altos y Mascota mines in Chihuahua. Goldcorp reported Q1 results from its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. Capstone announced Q1 results from its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas. New Gold presented Q1 results from its San Pedro mine in San Luis Potosi. ON FINANCING, Oroco closed a private placement for $900K. First Mexican entered into an arrangement to secure a credit facility loan for up to $10M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, In Sonora, SilverCrest filed a mineral resource estimate on its Las Chispas project. In Chihuahua, Agnico reported development progress and expansion drilling results on their satellite deposits within its Pinos Altos and Creston mines, as well as at its La India mine in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Bacanora Lithium announced director changes and the grant of options (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora). Capstone reported voting results from its annual general meeting (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas). Westminster announced VP appointment (El Cobre, Sonora).

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., reported that the court has rescheduled the hearing pertaining the explosives permit from its la Colorada mine in Sonora to May 16, 2018. The company estimates it has sufficient ore to continue operations until the end of July, however, is taking legal measures to re-activate its explosive permit and re-commence blasting activities as soon as possible.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp. & Kootenay Silver Inc., reported drilling results from the California target at the center of a gold geochemical anomaly within its Cervantes property. The most significant results are 160m of 0.77 g/t Au, 0.13% Cu, and 3.4 g/t Ag, including 80m of 1.0 g/t Au, 0.11% Cu and 4 g/t Ag.
  • Azure Minerals Limited, reported flotation test results showing significant improvements of recoveries and concentrate grades at its Oposura project. Zinc and lead recoveries of 85.6% and 84% achieve concentrate grades of 57.2% and 61.4% respectively. Silver recovery in the lead concentrate is 67.1% at a concentrate grade of 323.8 g/t Ag. The positive metallurgy has reduced significantly the processing and marketing risk and has enhanced the project potential.
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., received a drill permit to carry out a 4,000m drilling program at its El Habal project in Rosario, Sinaloa. The goal of the drilling program is to test low sulphidation epithermal mineralization targets generated by mapping and sampling of shallow underground workings along with a CSMAT geophysical survey.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., announced drilling results from the Los Carneritos target within its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. Significant results are 126.8m of 0.47 g/t Au and 7.2 g/t Ag, including 58.2m of 0.73 g/t Au and 4 g/t Ag or 25m of 1.1 g/t Au and 2.7 g/t Ag; and 14.9m of 0.58 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag. “These diamond drill holes at Los Carneritos extend the strike length of gold mineralization on the property a total of almost four km within a High Sulphidation system with mineralization open at least one km both to the east and west of this four km trend where gold has been sampled on surface”.
  • Goldcorp Inc., presented initial drilling results from the Santa Rosa target near its Peñasquito Mine in Zacatecas. Significant intersections are 164m of 1.06 g/t Au, in disseminated, intrusive-hosted mineralization within dacite porphyry dykes, along with a 22m of 3.46 g/t Au interception of skarn mineralization. “The Santa Rosa system is interpreted as a quartz porphyry complex intruding a contemporaneous volcanic pile underlain by Lower Jurassic to Upper Cretaceous carbonate stratigraphy”. Goldcorp also signed a LOI with Minera Frisco to explore, under a JV agreement, key regional targets in the Mazapil Valley near Peñasquito Mine.
  • Prospero Silver Corp. & Fortuna Silver Inc., provided a plan work for the remainder of 2018 on their different JV exploration projects in Mexico. In Chihuahua, they planned to drill the Bermudez and Trias projects with a program of 1,200m each. In Durango, a 3,450m drilling program will be conducted at their Buenavista project. In Hidalgo, they plan to drill a fourth hole by the end of the year at their Pachuca SE project. All the projects are low sulphidation epithermal style targets, with Buenavista in Durango displaying some characteristics of intermediate sulphidation affinity, like elevated base metals levels at depth in the system.

ON MINING

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited., reported results on their Mexican operations. The company processed 1.7M tonnes from its La India mine in Sonora with a grade of 0.74 g/t Au to produce 23K Oz Au at cash cost of $700 USD per Oz Au produced. In Chihuahua, Agnico processed 519 K tonnes and 475K tonnes from their Pinos Altos and Creston mines respectively, with grades of 2.62 g/t Au and 0.67 g/t Au to produce 41.8K Oz Au and 12K Oz Au correspondingly. Total cash cost per Oz Au produced are $758 USD and $865 USD in that order. At Pinos Altos, production is transitioning from open pit to underground mining with a higher cost associated.
  • Goldcorp Inc., reported results from its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. On Q1 2018, Goldcorp milled 8.96M tonnes with grades of 0.54 g/t Au, 23.5 g/t Ag, 0.19%Pb and 0.64% Zn to produce 98K Oz Au, 5.2M Oz Ag, 27M Lb Pb and 88.7M Lb Zn, at cash cost of $708 USD per Oz Au produced.
  • Capstone Mining Corp., announced results from its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas. On Q1 2018, Capstone produced 4,285 tonnes of Cu at cash cost of $0.71 USD per Lb Cu produced.
  • New Gold Inc., presented results from its San Pedro mine in San Luis Potosi. On Q1, New Gold produced 4.5K Oz Au and 0.1 M Oz Ag from residual leaching. Cerro San Pedro finished active mining in Q2 2016.

ON FINANCING

  • Oroco Resource Corp., closed a non-brokered private placement for $900K. Net proceeds will be used for exploration expenditures (Santo Tomas, Sinaloa).
  • First Mexican Gold Corp., entered into an arrangement to secure a credit facility loan for up to $10M. The funds will be used to bring into production the Karen Zone within its Guadalupe project in Sonora.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., filed the mineral resource estimate on its Las Chispas project in Sonora. The Inferred resource estimate encompasses 3.44M tonnes of 3.63 g/t Au and 296 g/t Ag for a total of 401.6K Oz Au and 32.7M Oz Ag contained.
  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, announced that the Sinter and Cubiro satellite deposits within its Pinos Altos mine are currently being developed to be mined from underground and a small open pit the first, and from underground the second. Both are expected to commence production in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 respectively. It also conducted 3,450m of infill drilling on Q1 2018 at its Reyna de Plata deposit to convert inferred resources to indicated mineral resources. Significant results are 22.9m of 2 g/t Au and 53 g/t Ag; 17.7m of 0.9 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag; and one hole with 9.6m of 1.7 g/t Au and 27 g/t Ag, and 3.6m of 4.2 g/t Au and 144 h/t Ag. At Reyna de Plata, mineralization style is low sulphidation epithermal veins hosting inferred mineral resources of 110 K Oz Au and 3.9M Oz Ag in 5.8M tonnes of 0.59 g/t Au and 21 g/t Ag at open pit depth, as well as 93K Oz Au and 1.4M Oz Ag from 1.2M tonnes of 2.35 g/t Au and 35 g/t Ag at underground depth. At the Madrono Zone, Agnico drilled 5,073m of infill and exploration drilling in 24 holes, within its Creston mine. Significant results are 16.2m of 2.2 g/t Au and 47 g/t Ag, 6.7m of 3.1 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag, 7.5m of 2.2 g/t Au and 28 g/t Ag, and 7.8m of 1.4 g/t Au and 27 g/t Ag. Madrono hosts underground indicated mineral resources of 56K Oz Au and 863K Oz Ag hosted in 858K tonnes of 2.03 g/t Au and 31.3 g/t Ag, and inferred mineral resources of 144K Oz Au and 2.6M Oz Ag in 1.94M tonnes of 2.31 g/t Au and 41 g/t Ag. In Sonora, Agnico is conducting drilling programs focused on extending near pit mineralization at its La India mine as well as on other near-mine targets. On Q1 2018, the company drilled 6,833 m in 49 holes distributed at El Realito and Chipriona targets. Significant results are 58.5m of 0.6 g/t Au and 21 g/t Ag; 14.1m of 2.4 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag, including 3.2m of 6.8 g/t Au and 5 g/t Ag; 18m of 0.6 g/t Au and 216 g/t Ag; and 56.3m of 0.9 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag, including 28.9m of 1.4 g/t Au and 40 g/t Ag.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Bacanora Lithium plc., announced director changes and grant options (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora).
  • Capstone Mining Corp., reported voting results from its 2018 annual general meeting (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas).
  • Westminster Resources Ltd., announced VP appointment (El Cobre, Sonora).

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SilverCrest Files Mineral Resource Technical Report onthe Las Chispas Property

SilverCrest files mineral resource technical report on the Las Chispas property

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – April 24, 2018) – SilverCrest Metals Inc. (TSXV: SIL) (OTCQX: SVCMF)(“SilverCrest” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that a technical report titled “Technical Report and Mineral ResourceEstimate for the Las Chispas Property, Sonora, Mexico” (the “Las Chispas Report”), dated April 23, 2018, with an effective dateof February 12, 2018, was filed today on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com and is also available on SilverCrest’s website.

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

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On the picture above, Very strong silicification and minor alunite on a shallow epithermal system in Guanajuato. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

By Jorge Cirett

During the 16th week of the year (April 16th to April 22nd, 2018), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, of which two had information on exploration, five on first quarter production, three in financing, two on resources and development and seven in corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Jalisco, Evrim released impressive high-grade results from trenching at Cuale. In Veracruz, Mexican Gold released high grade samples from veins at Las Minas. ON MINING, McEwen, Fortuna Silver, Avino Silver, Telson and Excellon presented Q1 2018 production reports. ON FINANCING, Prospero Silver and Aura Silver respectively announced the opening and closing of financing rounds, while Excellon announced the exercise of warrants. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, SilverCrest released drill results from the Luigi vein at its Las Chispas property in Sonora. Levon Resources filed a PEA report with a new resource estimate on the Cordero project in Chihuahua.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Monarca Minerals continues work to solve community issues in Tejamen, Durango. Geologix Explorations Inc. is to change name to ValOro Resources Inc.. Advance Gold acquired the Venaditas property in Zacatecas. Argonaut Gold informed on the legal struggle that halted the explosives permit use on its La Colorada mine in Sonora. Goldplay Exploration optioned the San Marcial property in Sinaloa. Vangold Mining and Mexican Gold granted options to officers, directors and consultants.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Evrim Resources Corp. announced results from trench sampling at its Cuale project in Jalisco. Trench 4 grades 13.61 g/t Au over 106.2 m, including 50.0 m grading 26.13 g/t Au, including 7.5 m @ 163.3 g/t Au. Trench 2 grades 2.94 g/t Au over 29.4 m, including 17.9 m @ 4.55 g/t Au. Gold results over 10 g/t have been re-assayed. “Metallic screen assays reported acceptable repeatability with excellent repeatability at the highest gold grades”. A second IP line defines a 1,200 m long by 50 to 120 m deep highly resistive ledge associated with strong silicification and minor anomalous gold at the surface.
  • Mexican Gold Corp. released initial sampling results from four veins on its Pueblo Nuevo concession, part of its Las Minas property in Veracruz. The veins are hosted in diorites with argillic alteration, occur as mesothermal quartz veins, 20 to 50 cm in width with sub-vertical dips and lack post-minerals deformation. The Tamiahua I vein assayed 90.82 g/t Au, 37 g/t Ag over 0.40 m, with the footwall and hanging wall returning 0.52 g/t Au, 1 g/t Ag over 1.0 m and 0.72 g/t Au, 1 g/t Ag over 0.80 m respectively. Nine samples at the Tamiahua II returned 2.05 to 22.82 g/t Au and 5 to 37 g/t Ag on an average width of 0.27 m (up to 0.50 m). At the Cajon vein a grab sample returned 32.2 g/t Au, 231 g/t Ag; while a 0.20 m chip sample assayed 3.53 g/t Au, 31 g/t Ag. At the Dos Rios vein, two 0.35 m and 0.18 m samples returned 3.86 g/t Au, 16 g/t Ag; 8.25 g/t Au, 59 g/t Ag respectively, while a 1.0 m  hanging wall channel sample returned 4.92 m g/t Au, 38 g/t Ag.

ON MINING

  • McEwen Mining Inc. reported consolidated production for Q1 2018, which includes figures from its Mexican operations. At El Gallo in Sinaloa, 12,217 AuEq Oz were produced during the period. Mining from the existing open pits will cease in Q2, while heap leach activities will continue until 2020, or as long as it remains economic.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported first quarter 2018 production, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San Jose in Oaxaca, 258 K tonnes were milled, at an average rate of 3,011 tonnes per day (tpd) @ 284 g/t Ag, 0.2 g/t Au, and a recovery of 92.8% Ag, 92.3% Au, to produce 2.18 M Oz Ag, 14,882 Oz Au.
  • Avino Silver & and Gold Mines Ltd. released first quarter 2018 production results from its Avino property in Durango. During the period 120.6 K tonnes were milled @ 56 g/t Ag, 0.58 g/t Au, 0.43% Cu, with recoveries of 81% Ag, 68% Au, 84% Cu, to produce 309.9 K Oz Ag, 2,065 Oz Au, 970 K Lb Cu.
  • Telson Mining Corp. presented first quarter 2018 results from its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. During the period the mill processed 148.7 K tonnes (approximately 1,650 tpd) @ 3.65% Zn, 0.41% Cu, 0.90% Pb, 1.14 g/t Au, 108 g/t Ag, with recoveries of 70.4% Zn, 23.0% Cu, 37.9% Pb, 17.9% Au, 28.3% Ag in the elaboration of distinct Zn, Cu, Pb concentrates containing 3,824 tonnes Zn, 140.5 tonnes Cu, 508.7 tonnes Pb, 970.9 Oz Au, 146.8 K Oz Ag. Telson continues to ramp-up production to the 2,500 tpd plant capacity.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. presented first quarter 2018 production results from the Platosa mine, Durango. During the period 13,784 tonnes were mined, 18,885 tonnes milled @ 359 g/t Ag, 3.79% Pb, 6.43% Zn, with recoveries of 87.3% Ag, 81.2% Pb, 83.8% Zn, to produce 194.5 K Oz Ag, 1.27 M Lb Pb, 2.25 M Lb Zn.

ON FINANCING

  • Prospero Silver Corp. is to complete a non-brokered private placement intending to raise gross proceeds of up to $1 M (Petate, Hidalgo; Bermudez, Chihuahua).
  • Excellon Resources Inc. announced that 3.33 M warrants were exercised, for proceeds of C$2.17 M (Platosa, Durango).
  • Aura Silver Resources Inc. is undertaking a non brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to $600 K (Aranzazu, Zacatecas).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. released drill results from the Luigi vein on the Las Chispas property in Sonora. The vein was discovered in mid-2017 and referred only as unnamed vein until further drilling delineated a prospective target. Relevant results comprise: 0.8 m (true width, or TW) @ 1.03 g/t Au, 151 g/t Ag; 4.1 m @ 1.71 g/t Au, 232 g/t Ag; 1.8 m @ 0.28 g/t Au, 221 g/t Ag; 1.4 m @ 13.22 g/t Au, 2,067 g/t Ag; 1.4 m @ 0.18 g/t Au, 172 g/t Ag; 1.6 m @ 3.41 g/t Au, 265 g/t Ag; 1.0 m @ 2.75 g/t Au; 231 g/t Ag. The Luigi vein high-grade footprint measures 300 m long by at least 75 m high, averaging 1.7 m in width @ 2.84 g/t Au, 417 g/t Ag. “The Phase III drill program also includes drilling several new and partially-drilled high-grade mineralized veins. An additional 15,000 to 20,000 metres of drilling are planned for Q3 2018”. The 672 ha Cuesta Blanca ranch was bought, with SilverCrest now owning two thirds of the surface rights on the Las Chispas property.
  • Levon Resources Ltd. filed a NI-43-101 technical report with a resource update and preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The project envisages a 40 K tpd operation with a 29 year mine life on 417.5 M tonnes of mineralized material @ 46.5 g/t AgEq, to produce 231 M Oz Ag, 2,863 M Lb Zn, 1,992 M Lb Pb, 0.35 M Oz Au. The base case economic estimate is an after tax net present value of $438 M, using a 7.5% discount rate, and an after tax internal rate of return of 16.5%, with a payback period of 4.8 years.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Monarca Minerals Inc. presented a corporate update. At Tejamen, in Durango, 202 RC holes and 10 diamond holes have been re-logged to help in the design of a new drilling campaign. The company has involved the Federal, State and Municipal governments in its search of an agreement with the community regarding the surface rights. At San Jose, in Chihuahua, the LOI on the project was extended to July 2018. “Terms of the LOI call for payment of US$20,000 on execution of the LOI(paid), US$20,000 on execution of a definitive agreement, US$50,000 on the first anniversary of the definitive agreement and US$60,000 on the second anniversary of the definitive agreement. The owners retain a 2% NSR. One percent of the NSR can be purchased by Monarca for US$100,000. Back taxes on the property of US$390,000 will be paid over a period of time. Concession taxes per year are approximately US$46,000”.
  • Geologix Explorations Inc. announced its intention to change its name to ValOro Resources Inc., subject to approval by the TSX-V, as well a 10 to 1 consolidation on shares (Tepal, Michoacan).
  • Advance Gold Corp. announced the acquisition of the 2,365 ha Las Venaditas claim in Zacatecas, 11 km to the West of Advance’s Tabasqueña project, which is currently being drilled. “Upon receipt of regulatory approval, Advance will issue to Hot Spring Mining, a Mexican based corporation, 1,000,000 common shares which will be subject to a statutory four-month hold period, in exchange for which Hot Spring Mining will transfer a 100% interest in the Venaditas claims to Advance Mexico. Hot Spring Mining will retain a 2.5% NSR, of which Advance Mexico has the right to buy 1.5% at a rate of $500k CAD per 0.50%”. Advance will issue 800 K options to certain consultants and advisers.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. reported that the court has postponed “the hearing pertaining to Argonaut’s explosive permit at its La Colorada mine (see press release dated April 12, 2018) to allow the Secretary of National Defense (“SEDENA”) to provide evidence requested by the court regarding the temporary suspension of the explosives permit at Argonaut’s La Colorada mine. It is expected that a ruling will be issued within 15 business days of the original hearing date (April 16, 2018), as required by law.” (La Colorada, Sonora).
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. entered into an option agreement with SSR Mining Inc. to acquire a 100% interest in the 1,250 ha San Marcial project in Sinaloa. San Marcial is a low sulfidation epithermal near surface high grade Ag, Zn Pb project with a NI-43-101 resource completed by Silvermex Resources Inc., with opportunity for resource expansion. The indicated resource holds 3.75 M tonnes @ 149 g/t Ag, 0.67% Zn, 0.36% Pb, hosting 18.0 M Oz Ag, 29.9 M Lb Zn, 55.3 M Lb Pb; and 3.07 M tonnes @ 44 g/t Ag, 0.51% Zn, 0.29% Pb holding 4.4 M Oz Ag, 19.5 M Lb Zn, 34.7 M Lb Pb as inferred resources. Goldplay has to pay SSR Mining an aggregate of $2.575 M in cash, issue an aggregate of 3.5 M common shares, incur in $3 M in exploration expenditures over a three year period and grant a NSR royalty (0.5% to 1.5%, based on a resource estimate). A NI-43-101 resource estimate has to be completed on or before the third anniversary of the agreement.
  • Vangold Mining Corp. granted an aggregate of 4.8 M stock options to directors, officers and consultants (Pinguico, Zacatecas).
  • Mexican Gold Corp. granted 174 K incentive stock options to directors and officers of the company.

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