The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of November 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 45th week of the year (November 7th to November 13th, 2022), 20 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. One company declared commercial production, thirteen companies released Q3 2022 results and one company closed the final tranche of a private placement. Three companies presented drilling results or updated work at their advanced properties. Two companies signed a LOI on an acquisition proposal.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, no relevant news. ON MINING, SilverCrest Metals declared commercial production at Las Chispas, in Sonora. McEwen Mining, First Majestic Silver, Coeur Mining, Avino Silver & Gold Mines, Gatos Silver, Torex Gold, Fortuna Silver Mines, Pan American Silver, Golden Minerals, Endeavour Silver, Excellon Resources, Orla Mining and Americas Gold and Silver released Q3 2022 production results. ON FINANCING, Silver Viper Minerals closed an additional tranche of financing for $200 K. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Guanajuato Silver Company released drill results from a new vein at El Cubo, in Guanajuato. Oroco Resource provided drill results from the South Zone at its Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. Orla Mining updated on work at its Camino Rojo Sulphide deposit in Zacatecas aiming to evaluate its underground development options. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Silver Viper Minerals and Canasil Resources signed a LOI on the proposed acquisition of the latter by Silver Viper. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Discovery Silver informed on awards received by its social responsibility work and achievements at the corporate and community levels.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • No Relevant News.

ON MINING

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. declared commercial production on November 1, 2022 at Las Chispas mine in Sonora. During the commissioning period in September and October 62.1 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 1,019 tonnes per day (name plate design: 1,250 tpd), recovering 96.7% Au, 96.8% Ag. “Moving Las Chispas from discovery to production in less than seven years is a monumental achievement”.
  • McEwen Mining Inc. reported Q3 2022 results, with some information on its Mexican operations. A complete process plant was acquired for the Fenix project in Sinaloa, “This acquisition has made Fenix more attractive to build and could provide a new long life mine for McEwen Mining”.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. released financial results for the third quarter 2022. During the period the company produced 2.7 M Oz Ag, 67,022 Oz Au (8.8 M Oz AgEq) at cash cost $13.34 per Oz AgEq and AISC of $17.83 per Oz AgEq. At the end of the quarter the company held cash and cash equivalents of $148.8 M and restricted cash of $101.2 M. The Table below shows the production in San Dimas (Durango), Santa Elena (Sonora) and La Encantada (Coahuila), which account for 83% of the company’s production.
  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp. closed an additional tranche of its non-brokered private placement announced in June 6 2022, for aggregate gross proceeds of $200 K (La Virginia, Sonora).

  • Coeur Mining Inc. reported third quarter 2022 financial results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Palmarejo, in Chihuahua, 538.7 K tonnes were milled @ 1.52 gpt Au, 110 gpt Ag, recovering 93.3% Au, 84.9% Ag to produce 24,807 Oz Au, 1.61 M Oz Ag at a cash cost of $948 per Oz Au and $12.67 per Oz Ag. Approximately 38% of Palmarejo’s gold sales were sold under its gold stream agreement at a price of $800 per Oz Au. “Full-year 2022 production is expected to be 100,000 – 110,000 ounces of gold and 6.0 – 7.0 million ounces of silver”.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released financial results for the third quarter 2022. At the Avino mine in Durango, 162.2 K tonnes were milled to produce 285.4 K Oz Ag, 1,202 Oz Au, 2.1 M Lb Cu, at cash cost $10.29 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $17.32 per Oz Ag. The company has budgeted 15,000 m of drilling in 2022, focusing on the area at depth below the current Elena Tolosa mining area.
  • Gatos Silver Inc. reported operating financial results for Q3 2022. At Cerro Los Gatos mine, in Chihuahua, 263.3 K tonnes were milled @ 356 gpt Ag, 0.34 gpt Au, 2.38% Pb, 4.70% Zn, containing 2.70 M Oz Ag, 1,400 Oz Au, 12.2 M Lb Pb, 17.8 M Lb Zn and recoveries of 89.6% Ag, 48.9% Au, 88.5% Pb, 65.4% Zn. By the period’s end, the company had a cash balance of $15 M and debt outstanding of $13 M.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported financial and operational results for Q3 2022. At El Limón-Guajes, in Guerrero, 122,208 Oz Au were produced at cash cost $760 and an AISC of $1,059 per Oz Au. “Cash flow from operations totalled $102.4 million and $91.3 million prior to changes in non-cash operating working capital. Cash flow from operations includes $19.2 million of income taxes paid”. Expenditures at the adjacent Media Luna project totaled $32.5 M in the quarter, with a remaining project spend of $812.4 M. The needed Media Luna environmental permit (MIA) was approved by SEMARNAT.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2022, including figures from its Mexican operations. At the San José mine in Oaxaca, 267.2 K tonnes were milled at an average rate of 3,071 tonnes per day (tpd), grading 196 gpt Ag, 1.16 gpt Au, recovering 92% Ag, 91% Au to produce 1.54 M OZ Ag, 9,091 Oz Au at cash cost $9.70 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $14.23. The net cash was affected by the “$12.6 million payment including taxes for the settlement of the disputed royalty claim with the Mexican Geological Survey”.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. reported results for the third quarter 2022, without expanding on figures by region.
  • Golden Minerals Co. provided financial results for Q3 2022. The Rodeo mine in Durango produced 2,972 Oz Au, 11.9 K Oz Ag with cash cost of $1,391 per Oz AuEq. At Velardeña, in Durango, evaluation of modified mine plans, including ore sorting technology.  At Yoquivo, in Chihuahua, a 5,693 m drill program in 24 holes was completed and is currently conducting a 3,000 m drill program, planning on the completion of a maiden resource estimate for Q1 2023. Golden ended the quarter with a cash balance of $6.5 M.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. announced financial and operating results for Q3 2022. The company has the Guanaceví mine in Durango and the Bolañitos mine in Guanajuato. Consolidated production (no details provided) was 1.46 M Oz Ag, 9,194 Oz Au (2.2M Oz AgEq) at cash cost $10.32 per Oz Ag, and an AISC of $20.27 per Oz Ag. The company has a cash position of $69.2 M and $101.6 M in working capital. Work at the Terronera project in Jalisco includes “detailed engineering, critical contracts, procurement of long-lead items and road and camp construction…. Budgeted development expenditures for 2022 are estimated to be $41.0 million”. Also, during the period was completed the acquisition of the La Pitarrilla project in Durango and the sale of El Compas mine in Zacatecas.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. reported financial results for the Q3 2022. At Platosa, in Durango, 23.8 K tonnes were mined, 22.7 K tonnes milled @ 442 gpt Ag, 3.69% Pb, 3.14% Zn, recovering 92.5% Ag, 76.9% Pb, 78.9% Zn, to produce 298.1 K Oz Ag, 1.2 M Lb Pb, 1.24 M Lb Zn (459.8 K Oz AgEq), at cash cost $9.78 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $14.31 per Oz AgEq. “Mine activity in Q3 2022 focused on remnant development and extraction, pillar recovery and minimal mining of fresh mineral. Wind down activities continued in Q3 to minimize the work associated with care and maintenance required in Q4 2022”.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. announced its results for the third quarter 2022. During the period the Camino Rojo Oxide project produced 28,876 Oz Au at cash cost $452 and all-in sustaining costs of $594 per Oz Au. The plant’s throughput averaged 19,200 tpd, or 107% of nameplate capacity. By the end of the period the company held $89.1 M in cash and a net debt of $77.5 M.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. reported financial and operational results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Cosalá, in Sinaloa, 186 K Oz Ag, 9.4 M Lb Zn, 3.8 M Pb were produced. “Cash costs per silver ounce and all‐in sustaining costs per silver ounce were negative $4.43 and positive $4.35, respectively”.

ON FINANCING

  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp. closed an additional tranche of its non-brokered private placement announced in June 6 2022, for aggregate gross proceeds of $200 K (La Virginia, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. provided drill results that confirm a new transverse vein at El Cubo mine in Guanajuato. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 0.85 m @ 3.54 gpt Au, 398 gpt Ag; 1.29 m @ 0.79 gpt Au, 102 gpt Ag; 0.90 m @ 0.82 gpt Au, 112 gpt Ag; 0.92 m @2.15 gpt Au, 278 gpt Ag; 1.28 m @1.70 gpt Au, 205 gpt Ag. “The San Luis vein runs perpendicular to the primary regional north-west Villalpando and Dolores mineralized vein structures, and like other transverse veins at El Cubo, the San Luis vein is anticipated to often carry proportionally higher gold content”.
  • Oroco Resource Corp. released assay results for three holes testing the South zone at its Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. The total strike length of mineralization extends now for 3.2 Km, with 0.5 km more open for extension to the south. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 271 m @ 0.33% Cu, 0.029 gpt Au, 2.6 gpt Ag; 34 m @ 0.26% Cu, 0.9 gpt Ag; 140 m @ 0.23% Cu, 1.8 gpt Ag; 277.4 m @ 0.36% Cu, 0.026 gpt Au, 2.6 gpt Ag. Twelve holes have been completed to date on the South zone and 41 holes (27,004 m) in the North zone.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. updated on work at its Camino Rojo Sulphide project in Zacatecas (below its Camino Rojo Oxide project currently in production). Previous operators envisioned a large open pit mining scenario for disseminated low-grade sulfides, with high capital costs for a large processing facilities and extensive material handling. Orla has been assessing the existence of higher-grade smaller ore shoots with the potential to sustain a more targeted underground development. Drilling has intercepted mineralization grading more than 2 gpt Au over more than 30 m in the five holes with results so far.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp. and Canasil Resources Inc. entered into a non-binding letter of intent in November 6, 2022, with respect of the proposed acquisition by Silver Viper of all outstanding shares of Canasil, in exchange for common shares of Silver Viper. Canasil shareholders will receive one (1) common share of Silver Viper by for every four (4) Canasil shares held. At the closing of the proposed transaction Canasil will have the right to nominate one member of the board of directors of Silver Viper. Furthermore, Silver Viper will be required to complete a financing for at least C$1 M and Canasil a financing for at least C$260 K. Silver Viper holds La Virginia project in Sonora, whereas Canasil owns the Sandra, Nora, Vizcaino, Salamandra and Colibri projects in Durango, and the La Esperanza project in Zacatecas.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Discovery Silver Corp. received its official ESR Distinction, issued by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy “to organizations that have demonstrated they operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner”. The company also received the Great Place to Work Certification, the Clean Industry Certification emitted by PROFEPA (Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection) and the Safe Industry Certification Level 1 issued by the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Labor.

On the image below Quartz veinlet stockwork in limestone on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of October 2022

During the 41st week of the year (October 10th to October 16th, 2022), 15 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. Three companies posted exploration advances on their properties, six companies released Q3 2022 results, one company is to undertake a private placement and one more expanded on the maturity extension of convertible debentures and three companies released drilling results from their advanced properties.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Regency Silver released drilling results from the Dios Padre property, including great results from a hole testing a geophysical anomaly 500 m from the historic resource. Prismo Metals updated on the drilling program and sampling protocol at Palos Verdes. In Durango, Silver Wolf updated on exploration at its Ana Maria project. ON MINING, Endeavour Silver, Torex Gold, GoGold Resources, Orla Mining, Gatos Silver and Gold Resource released Q3 2022 production results. ON FINANCING, Sonoro Resource is to undertake a financing round for C$525 K. Barksdale Resources extended the maturity date of convertible debentures with a remaining principal amount of $1.5 M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Avino Silver and Gold Mines released drilling results from its Avino mine in Durango. Prime Mining provided drilling results from Los Reyes property, in Sinaloa. Vizsla Silver reported drilling results from the southern part of the Napoleon vein at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, no relevant news. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Prismo Metals Inc. updated on the drill program at its Palos Verdes project in Sinaloa. A total of 1,062 m have been drilled of the planned minimum 2,000 m. Three holes have been completed and one is in progress testing the Palos Verdes vein and a structural intersection. By analyzing Vizsla’s Silver recent drill data on the adjacent Panuco project, a new sampling protocol has been implemented, including wallrocks with quartz veining. Several long intervals of the past drilling campaign will be also sent to the lab.
  • Regency Silver Corp. released results from the first 12 holes at its Dios Padre property in Sonora. The highlighted core length interval of the first hole on a geophysical anomaly 500 m north of the historic resource comprise 53.8 m @ 4.7 gpt Au (including 35.8 m @ 6.84 gpt Au, 22 gpt Ag, 0.88% Cu and 9.8 m @ 13.97 gpt Au, 50 gpt Ag, 1.11% Cu) starting at 420 m depth. Au-Cu-Ag mineralization in this hole is largely breccia hosted, with pyrite and chalcopyrite forming the breccia matrix. “The core of the mineralized zone sits within and adjacent to a felsic intrusive body, though mineralization is present both within the felsic unit as well as the host andesites. Both rock units are strongly altered to white mica with some silica”. The hole was stopped due to the 500 m maximum capacity of the rig being used. Highlighted intervals were released by element, comprising 60 m @ 0.33% Cu; 52 m @ 0.69% Cu (including 33 m @ 0.94% Cu) and 29.3 m @ 0.36 gpt Au; 6 m @ 0.68 gpt Au; 53.8 m @ 4.7 gpt Au; 21.5 m @ 0.53 gpt Au; 4.2 m @ 2.1 gpt Au; 49.65 m @ 0.58 gpt Au; 10 m @ 0.57 gpt Au; 17.9 m @ 1.34 gpt Au; 23.65 m @ 0.36 gpt Au and 26.3 m @ 63 gpt Ag;  (including 4.3 m @ 317 gpt Ag); 60 m @ 19 gpt Ag; 8 m @ 60 gpt Ag; 18 m @ 14 gpt Ag; 8 m @ 67 gpt Ag; 12 m @ 45 gpt Ag; 17.5 m @ 135 gpt Ag (including 3.9 m @ 582 gpt Ag); 2.2 m @ 220 gpt Ag; 10.95 m @ 302 gpt Ag; 6.95 m @ 336 gpt Ag; 18.55 m @ 50 gpt Ag; 7.5 m @ 113 gpt Ag; 3.1 m @ 420 gpt Ag; 21.5 m @ 137 gpt Ag; 9.6 m @ 56 gpt Ag; 1 m @ 603 gpt Ag; 37.4 m @ 110 gpt Ag (including 19.65 m @ 203 gpt Ag).
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd. reported on exploration at its 2,500 hectares Ana Maria property in Durango. Two main targets are being defined using a carbonate replacement deposit (CRD) model. The central claim block hosts a gold skarn type showing, while the southern claim block is distal to the intrusive, hosting CRD Ag-Zn-Pb prospects and historical small mines. “Continued work on the central claims include a reinterpretation of geophysical results to fine tune the magnetics data and further identify the intrusive contacts with the surrounding limestone at depth”.

ON MINING

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. reported third quarter 2022 production results, with 202.7 K tonnes processed at a daily rate (tpd) of 2,204 tonnes grading 248 gpt Ag, 1.60 gpt Au to produce 1.46 M Oz Ag, 9,194 Oz Au. At Guanaceví, in Durango, 97.7 K tonnes were processes at 1,062 tpd, grading 468 gpt Ag, 1.29 gpt Au with a recovery of 90.6% Ag, 89.9% Au to produce 1.33 M Oz Ag, 3,642 Oz Au. At Bolañitos, in Guanajuato, 105 K tonnes were processed at 1,141 tpd, grading 43 gpt Ag, 1.88 gpt Au with a recovery rate of 87.0% Ag, 87.5% Au, to produce 126.3 K Oz Ag, 5,552 Oz Au. Positive drilling results have been received from Guanaceví and Parral, extensive due diligence work continues at Terronera (Jalisco) and the El Compas property and plant were sold for $5 M over five years.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported Q3 2022 gold production from its El Limón Guajes mining complex in Guerrero. During the period 9,600 tonnes per day (tpd) were mined by open pit and 1,550 tpd from underground, processing an average of 13 K tonnes to produce 122,200 Oz Au.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. reported production for the quarter ending on September 30, 2022. At the Parral tailings project in Chihuahua, 145.9 K Oz Ag, 2,278 Oz Au, 124 tonnes Cu were produced during the period. “The Company had $20M USD in input tax recoverable which related to VAT receivable from the Mexican Federal Government for the years of 2017 to 2022. The Company received $11M which related to 2017 and 2018 which included interest of $5M. Management continues to work with the tax authority on the remaining claims and expects to receive these amounts in due course”.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. provided an interim operational update for the third quarter of 2022. At Camino Rojo in Zacatecas, 4.13 M tonnes were mined, of which 1.74 M tonnes @ 0.88 gpt Au were processed, 0.43 M tonnes @ 0.32 gpt Au were stockpiled (19,200 tonnes per day), and 1.96 M tonnes of waste moved (Strip ratio 0.91), to produce 28,876 Oz Au.
  • Gatos Silver Inc. announced production results for the third quarter 2022 from its 70% owned Cerro Los Gatos property in Chihuahua. During the period 263.3 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,862 tpd averaging 356 gpt Ag, 0.34 gpt Au, 2.38% Pb, 4.70% Zn. Recovering 89.6% Ag, 48.9% Au, 88.5% Pb, 65.4% Zn to produce 2.70 M Oz Ag, 1,400 Oz Au, 12.2 M Lb Pb, 17.8 M Lb Zn. “The Company had a cash balance of $15 million and debt outstanding of $13 million related to our credit facility as of September 30, 2022”, and “anticipates completing an impairment assessment based on the 2022 Mineral Reserve in the fourth quarter of 2022 and is working towards completing all outstanding SEC and OSC filings as soon as practicable”.
  • Gold Resource Corp. announced preliminary results in Q3 2022. At the Don David mine in Oaxaca, 110.7 K tonnes were milled (1,361 tpd), averaging 1.98 gpt Au, 80 gpt Ag, 0.37% Cu, 1.59% Pb, 4.21% Zn, to produce 5,851 Oz Au, 261.2 K Oz Ag, 296 tonnes Cu, 1,249 tonnes Pb, 3,901 tonnes Zn. 

ON FINANCING

  • Sonoro Gold Corp. is to undertake a non-brokered private placement offering for gross proceeds of up to C$525 K (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
  • Barksdale Resources Corp. has finalized the extension of the maturity date of the secured convertible debentures administered by Delbrook Capital Advisors Inc. by one year until December 31, 2023. “The Debentures have a remaining principal amount of $1,500,000 and all other terms of the Debentures remain unchanged except for the conversion price, which has increased to $0.55 per share from $0.45 per share”. Approximately $99 K of accrued interest will be exchanged for 206.6 K shares units consisting of one share and one-half of common share purchase warrant. An extension fee of 2.78 M common share purchase warrants at a price of $0.72 exercisable up to December 2023 was agreed (San Javier, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released drilling results from six holes completed below the current Level 17 mining area at the Elena Tolosa area of the Avino mine in Durango. Highlighted true width (TW) intercepts comprise 26.77 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 50 gpt Ag, 0.71% Cu; 43.80 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag, 0.49% Cu; 10.90 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag, 1.05% Cu; 9.95 m @ 0.25 gpt Au, 17 gpt Ag, 0.40% Cu; 14.40 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 30 gpt Ag, 0.19% Cu. These drilling results demonstrate the continuity of grade and thickness of the mineralization currently being mined at the lowest level of the mine. The company is developing a geological model based on a near porphyry environment, supported by the grade continuity over 600 m vertically and base metal zonation.
  • Prime Mining Corp. announced results from five holes in the Z-T area of the Los Reyes property in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 13.2 m @ 2.36 gpt Au, 178 gpt Ag; 7.40 m @ 0.91 gpt Au, 139 gpt Ag; 5.60 m @ 3.86 gpt Au, 89 gpt Ag; 5.30 m @ 1.17 gpt Au, 207 gpt Ag. Five rigs have completed 70,590 m of drilling in this phase 2 campaign that is planned to continue to the end of October, while results for 93 holes remain pending.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from 12 holes targeting the southern extension of the Napoleon vein at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width (tw) intervals comprise 1.0 m @ 1.60 gpt Au, 2,642 gpt Ag, 1.9% Pb, 4.1% Zn; 1.0 m @ 3.63 gpt Au, 740 gpt Ag; 0.2% Pb, 1.2% Zn; 1.86 m @ 0.6 gpt Au, 354 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 1.81 m @ 3.12 gpt Au, 1,268 gpt Ag, 0.2% Zn; 0.91 m @ 5.77 gpt Au, 320 gpt Ag, 0.5% Pb, 1.3% Zn. “The new drill holes report high grade silver and gold intercepts from the footwall vein splays and further support grade continuity to the south along the main Napoleon Vein”.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below Banded quartz-calcite veinlet in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Banded Quartz

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 40th week of the year (October 03rd to October 09th, 2022), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 4 news published by the media with seven reporting resources and developments of their properties, four announcing financing issues, four discussing social issues, three informing on exploration results, two communicating production and financial results, two commenting on Mexican issues, and two discussing deals and corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, The Discoveries Mining Conference 2022 was held in Hermosillo, Sonora on October 4-6, 2022. The Governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado announced the reinstatement of the State Mining Council and confirmed that Acapulco will host the 35th edition of the Mining Convention in 2023. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Canuc reported that recent work at its San Javier project has identified eight targets within four distinct mineralized zones.  In Durango, Orex announced the completion of the Phase-1 reconnaissance exploration drilling program on its Sandra project.  In Oaxaca, Vortex provided an update of the exploration work completed to date at its Riqueza Marina project.  ON MINING, Bear Creek presented Q3, 2022 production results from its Mercedes mine in Sonora. Guanajuato Silver provided an update highlighting the impact of additional production from the Topia and San Ignacio mines in Durango and Guanajuato states respectively. ON FINANCING, Advance Lithium closed a previously announced private placement financing for gross proceeds of $75K (Sarape project, Sonora). Capitan Mining announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $3M (Cruz de Plata project, Durango). Guanajuato Silver has arranged to issue 2,468,750 common shares of the company in settlement of outstanding accounts payable and accrued liabilities to various parties totaling approximately CAD $987K (Pinguico mine, Guanajuato).  Barksdale announced that Teck Resources has elected to exercise its pro-rata equity participation rights for gross proceeds of $264K (San Javier project, Sonora).   ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Azucar Minerals completed second hole into the large porphyry lithocap target at its El Cobre project in Veracruz. Gatos Silver provided updates on its Cerro Los Gatos Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves, and Life of Mine. Minera Alamos announced positive results of an independent Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for its Cerro de Oro project in Zacatecas. Oroco announced that, based on drill results, expanded the North Zone mineralization, and confirmed higher grade at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa.  Tarachi Gold received final metallurgy results for its Magistral Mill and Tailings project in Durango. Torex received key environmental permit for its Media Luna project in Guerrero. Prime Meridian provided an update on its La Verde project in Michoacan. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Starcore announced results of its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Martin mine, Queretaro). Riverside regained 100% control of the La Union project in Sonora after Hochschild announced its decision to not to proceed with the option. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Peñoles and Fresnillo Plc work together for an appropriate and healthy habitat. Peñoles and Fresnillo Plc were awarded with a distinction in Ethics and Values ​​of the Industry 2022. GoGold presented its second annual sustainability report that sets out the company´s performance and achievements with respect to its environmental, social, and governance practices. MAG Silver announced the publication of its inaugural Sustainability Report.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Discoveries Mining Conference 2022 was held in Hermosillo, Sonora on October 4-6, 2022, and included more than 50 talks covering topics ranging from the latest geological discoveries, new technologies applied to mining and exploration, social, legal and political issues affecting the industry, and the challenges and obstacles confronted and overcome on the way to production.
  • The Governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado announced the reinstatement of the State Mining Council and confirmed that Acapulco will host the 35th edition of the Mining Convention in 2023. She also recognized this industry, which each year leaves an approximate spill of MXP $3,400M. The Governor pointed out that the mining sector is one of the main economic activities in Guerrero, which has a presence in 29 municipalities in the Central, Tierra Caliente and North regions of the state, with an important gold production that places the entity in the first places. She stressed that the mining industry in Guerrero generates more than 4,500 direct jobs and more than 22,000 indirect jobs, with an economic benefit of more than MXP $3,400M, which translates into development and well-being, for which she urged that the Mining Council in Guerrero, be a space for dialogue and consensus that allows the construction of shared strategies and programs hand in hand with the various sectors with a comprehensive perspective seeking the development of Guerrero. In addition, she declared that Guerrero is the state of the country with the largest investment announced for this year for more than USD $1,327M for new mining projects, estimating growth with a favorable environment.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Canuc Resources Corporation reported that recent work at its San Javier project in Sonora has identified eight targets within four distinct mineralized zones, which now merit-follow-up work. At the Silver Zone, about additional 100 soils samples were collected to better define a strong Ag and Au anomaly. Now, the Ag soils anomaly is 750m in strike length with values up to 21 g/t Ag and 1.65 g/t Au, and remains open in both the southwest and northeast direction. Recent prospecting and rock sampling (10 samples) on the northeast end of this zone, approximately 400m of the soil survey has returned Ag values from 38 g/t Ag to 1,533 g/t Ag associated to magnetite veins which daylight near the margins of a magnetic high. Additionally, seven samples were collected near old artisanal workings and assayed from 27g/t Ag to 604 g/t Ag and from 0.1 g/t Au to 1.2 g/t Au. More sampling is planned throughout this area. At the Gold Zone South and Gold Zone Central, the company collected 1,829 channel samples from 11 bulldozed trenches. All the trenches contain elevated Au values ranging from 0.2 g/t Au to 40 g/t Au. At the South Gold Zone, two targets measuring 300m to 400m in diameter have been outlined. Sampling on one of those called La Cascada returned 0.16 g/t Au and 0.48% Cu over a width of 13m, while the other called Loma Pelona assayed 0.59 g/t Au and 0.47% Cu over a width of 10.5m. The Central Gold Zone contains 3 distinct targets measuring 300 to 400m in diameter. La Mesa target includes elevated Au values ranging from trace to 1.42 g/t Au. One section returned 0.28 g/t Au over 16m. At La Curva target the trenching sampling returned 0.45 g/t Au over 6m; 0.48 g/t Au over 4m; and 0.45 g/t Au over 4m. At La Quebrada target, trenching sampling returned 0.68 g/t Au over a width of 14m. Six channel samples collected over a an area of 100mlong by 50m wide, located approximately 80m southeast of the trench area, returned an average grade of 3.09 g/t Au, ranging from 0.018 g/t Au to 11.4 g/t Au. At the North Zone, a target called Chapoteados was prospected and sampled on an area of  600m long by 200m wide. Twenty two samples were taken and contained an average grade of 0.38% Cu, 0.3 g/t Au, and 4 g/t Ag. A second target called Arroyo Hondo, located 800m northeast of the Chapoteados target also was sampled. Twenty five samples collected on an area of 300m by 100m averaged 15 g/t Ag, (ranging from trace to 145 g/t Ag), 0.14 g/t Au, (ranging from  0.01 g/t Au to 1.19 g/t Au), and 220 ppm Cu, (ranging from 20 ppm to 0.38% Cu).
  • Orex Minerals Inc., announced the completion of the Phase-1 reconnaissance exploration drilling program on its Sandra project in northwest Durango. Sandra project is a JV agreement between Pan American Silver Corp., (60%) and Orex Minerals (40%). Phase-1 consisted of 2,665.30m in 8 diamond drill holes.  Four holes were drilled on targets in the Central Corridor aand four holes were drilled in the Eastern Corridor. Drilling highlights include hole SA-22-066 collared in the Central Corridor with 1.04 g/t Au over a true width (TW) of 1.53m; and hole SA-22-.073 collared in the Eastern Corridor with 39 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over a TW of 14.5m, including 51 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, and 0.,2% Zn  over a TW of 5.1m.
  • Vortex Metals Inc., provided an update of the exploration work completed to date at its Riqueza Marina Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide project in Oaxaca. The company completed a gravity and magnetic survey at the Rhyolite Dome target that produced extensive geophysical anomalies coincident with geochemical anomalies, including the West and East Gossan Areas.   Rock sampling  returned 12 samples with more than 1% Cu, up to 20.2% Cu and an additional 34 samples contain more than 1,000 ppm Cu. Vortex plans to drill this target once the drill permits are secured.

ON MINING

  • Bear Creek Mining Corporation, presented Q3, 2022 production results from its Mercedes mine in Sonora. The company mined 128,698 tonnes and processed 148,211 tonnes of 2.45 g/t Au with metallurgical recovery of 95.53% to produce 11,169 Oz Au. Bear Creek sold 12,310 Oz Au. It also reported a gold stream of 2,759 Oz Au.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., provided an update highlighting the impact of additional production from the recently acquired Topia and San Ignacio mines in Durango and Guanajuato states respectively. Guanajuato Silver increased 85% its production from July to August 2022. The company reported that in August, 2022 it mined from the El Cubo & San Ignacio mines in Guanajuato, and Topia mine in Durango 41,372 tonnes and milled 36,948 tonnes to produce 128,780 Oz Ag, 1,091 Oz Au, 348,137 Lb Zn, and 266,881 Lb Pb (267,525 Oz AgEq) with metallurgical recoveries of 88.9%, 85.6%, 81.8%, and 89.5% respectively, at a cash cost of $15.09 per Oz AgEq.

ON FINANCING

  • Advance Lithium Corp., closed a previously announced private placement financing for gross proceeds of $75K. Proceeds will be used to advance the Lithium and Sarape projects, and for general corporate purposes (Sarape project, Sonora).
  • Capitan Mining Inc., announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $3M. It will consists of 15M of common shares at a price of CAD $0.20 per share. Net proceeds will be used to advance drilling and work program at the Cruz de Plata project in Durango, as well as for working capital and general corporate expenses.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., has arranged to issue 2,468,750 common shares of the company at a deemed price of CAD $0.40 per share in settlement of outstanding accounts payable and accrued liabilities to various parties totaling approximately CAD $987K (Pinguico mine, Guanajuato). 
  • Barksdale Resources Corp., announced that Teck Resources Limited has elected to exercise its pro-rata equity participation rights for gross proceeds of $264K. Teck will hold approximately 9.9% of Barksdale’s equity on a partially diluted basis. Net proceeds from the financing will be used to advance the Company’s mineral projects and for general corporate and working capital purposes (San Javier project, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., completed second hole into the large porphyry lithocap target at its El Cobre project in Veracruz. “This hole passed trough typical clay dominant lithocap alteration into phyllic alteration. Large intervals of brecciated rock were intersected possibly reflecting a diatreme like body that may have disrupted any earlier porphyry alteration zonation in this area. Alteration data has been collected from the core using a Terraspec infrared spectrometer along with samples for assay and fluid inclusion analysis. Any future drilling in this area will be guided by the results and interpretation of these analyses from both holes”.
  • Gatos Silver Inc., provided updates on Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves, and Life of Mine for its Cerro Los Gatos and Esther mines in Chihuahua. Figures are shown in the tables below:

Cerro Los Gatos – Mineral Reserves as at July 1, 2022.

Cerro Los Gatos – Mineral Resources as at July 1, 2022.

Esther – Mineral Resources as at July 1, 2022.

*Mineral Resources are exclusive of Mineral Reserves.

As for the Cerro Los Gatos Life of Mine plan using only the 2022 Mineral Reserves, the company reported that the current reserve mine life continues to 2028; the average annual production of 7.8M Oz Ag will generate an average annual cash flow of USD $79M (after tax) through 2028 at USD $22 per Oz Ag price; an all in sustaining cost (AISC) of  USD $7.06 per Oz of payable Ag, net of by-product credits; an average cost of USD $89.76 per tonne milled ; and a net present value (NVP) at a discount rate of USD $491M(USD $337M after tax).

  • Minera Alamos Inc., announced positive results of an independent Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for its Cerro de Oro project in Zacatecas. Highlights of the PEA include an average annual gold production approaching 60K Oz (approx. 60K-to 70K Oz in years 1 through 4); a 8.2 mine life based on initial mineable total of 59M tonnes of 0.37 g/t Au, heap leached at an average rate of  approximately 20K tonnes per day of over 0.4 g/t Au in years 1 through 4; 477K Oz Au produced in loaded carbon/doré; a  life of mine (LOM) strip ratio of 0.3:1(waste: mineralization); a LOM all included sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $873 per Oz Au , averaging USD $763 per Oz Au in years 1 through 4; an after tax NPV at 5% discount rate of USD $150.5M and an internal rate return (IRR) of USD $111%; a pre-production capital cost of USD $28.1M (includes 30% contingency); a payback period of 11 months; and used crushing plant already purchased to reduce up-front capital requirements. The company also reported an updated mineral resource estimate containing 67M tonnes of 0.37 g/t Au(790K Oz Au contained) based on an upward revision of the base case resource metal price to USD $1,700 per Oz.
  • Oroco Resource Corp., announced that, based on drill results, expanded the North Zone mineralization, and confirmed higher grade at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. Extension drilling highlights include hole NO19 with 0.26% and 0.006% Mo over 127.8M, plus 0.21% Cu and 0.008% Mo over 126m; hole   NO21 with 0.34% Cu and 0.008% Mo over 81.4m, plus 0.41% Cu and 0.018% Mo over 32.9M, and hole NO24 with 0.30% Cu and 0.016% Mo over 86.6m, plus 0.22% Cu and 0.007% Mo over 90.1m. High grade drilling highlights include hole NO22 with 0.37% Cu and 0.009% Mo over 152.1m, plus 0.21% Cu and 0.005% Mo over 102m; hole NO23 with 0.31% Cu and 0.005% Mo over 139m, including 0.55% Cu and 0.006% Mo over 56.7m; hole NO25 with 0.40% Cu and 0.004% Mo over 286m; and hole NO26 with 0.6% Cu and 0.01% Mo over 92.2m, plus 0.25% Cu and 0.009% Mo over 69.8m. A total of 35 holes (22,769m of drilling) have now been completed in the North Zone, spanning approximately 1,300m of strike length, with intersections of good grade mineralization returned in all holes for which the company has received assays.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., received final metallurgy results for its Magistral Mill and Tailings project in Durango. Highlights include up to 99% of Cu in solution precipitated into high-grade in sulphidation, acidification, recycling and thickening (SART) concentrate; more gold expected to report to Merrill-Crowe circuit for greater metal value payability compared to assumptions used in Preliminary Economic Assessment; and lower mercury CN-solubility than previously assumed and potential for 2-stage SART process to remove mercury from concentrate.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., received approval from Mexico’s Secretariat of Environmental and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) on the key, culminating environmental permit for its Media Luna project in Guerrero. The approval (MIA Integral) allows for operations to begin at Media Luna and builds on the receipt of the MIA Modification received last year, which allowed for the execution of development activities on the south side of the Balsas River. The Company has also received approval to increase the power draw at site to 45 megawatts.
  • Prime Meridian Resources Corporation provided an update on its La Verde project in Michoacan. The company and the vendor have elected to modify the La Verde project purchase agreement by changing the requirement for two USD $200K option payments due under the current agreement to USD $20K minimum monthly payments. With this modification, the work program expenditures for the next six months are projected as follow: USD $165,600 for monthly options payment; USD $22,434 for La Verde project-mining duties; and USD $262,200 for La Verde project-Phase 1 work program. The Phase 1   program will consist of Structural Mapping / Magnetometer Study; Prospecting / Geochemical Sampling; and 1,200m of Definition Drilling.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., announced results of its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Martin mine, Queretaro).
  • Riverside Resources Inc., regained 100% control of the La Union project in Sonora after Hochschild Mining Corporation announced its decision to not to proceed with the option. Riverside was reimbursed for past taxes and fees with more than USD $500K of new mineral exploration and consolidation work completed to-date as per the option agreement with Hochschild. “Exploration work completed to-date includes extensive field mapping, sampling, and geochemistry. The newly mapped and sampled areas show alteration features typical of CRD targets and particularly the gossan oxidation of potential sulfide bodies at shallow depths (<100m) that remain wide open for relatively low-risk, high-potential exploration”. Riverside will integrate all of the data and evaluate new partnership opportunities in the near future.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de and Fresnillo plc., work together for an appropriate and healthy habitat. Both companies have the purpose of contributing to the well-being of the population through sustainable mining practices. Therefore, they recognize the shared responsibility to create, maintain and develop an appropriate habitat for the life of all species, including people. Octavio Alvídrez, CEO of Fresnillo plc., stated that “promoting the urban development of the communities in which we operate, as well as preserving and restoring the biodiversity of the areas surrounding our facilities, is a priority in our management and a constant throughout the life cycle of each of our mining units”.
  • Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de and Fresnillo plc., were awarded with a distinction in Ethics and Values ​​of the Industry 2022 in recognition of their corporate responsibility practices. Both Peñoles and Fresnillo plc have a social impact strategy through various outreach programs and thereby contribute to the well-being of families in the communities where they operate, in addition to promoting values ​​and self-development among their neighbors.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., presented its second annual sustainability report that sets out the company´s performance and achievements with respect to its environmental, social, and governance practices (ESG). Highlights of this report include 0.006 tCO2 per Oz AgEq produced; 0.004 tCO2e per tonne of ore processed; 9,500 hours of safety and professional development training; awarded the ESR distinction (Empresa Socialmente Responsables – Corporate Social Responsibility); USD $17.1M spent in local purchases, including USD $422K in community investment; and adoption of new policies related to Environment, Human Rights, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Climate Change, and Water Resources.
  • MAG Silver Corp., announced the publication of its inaugural 2021 Sustainability Report. Highlights of this report include zero fatalities at the Juanicipio project and MAG Silver´s exploration projects; a Juanicipio project(one million hours) lost time injury frequency rate  of 10.8 (employees and mine contractors; excluding construction contractors; over 51,000 hours dedicated to safety training in 2021 at the Juanicipio project; risk management system reviewed and updated in 2021 and 2022; a freshwater use ratio of 4% and a renewable power ratio of 84% at the Juanicipio Project while in the construction phase; in 2021, MAG Silver benchmarked current Climate-related risk and opportunities performance with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures; MAG’s 2021 commitment to increase Board and senior management diversity means that currently 38% of MAG’s Board and 40% of MAG’s employees are female; and MAG’s Human Rights Policy and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy were updated and approved, complementing and enhancing pre-existing commitments.

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On the picture above, banded quartz from an intermediate sulphidation vein system in a project in Zacatecas, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of August 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 33rd week of the year (August 15th to August 21st, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. Four companies posted exploration advances on their properties and two presented production results for the second quarter. Two companies reported on underground sampling and drilling on their advanced properties. One company announced the staking of an epithermal vein system and one more sold the final 20% interest it held on a property.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Minaurum commenced the rehabilitation and sampling of historic workings at Alamos; Tocvan Ventures released results from the Pilar project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay Silver released drilling results from Columba. In Sinaloa, Prismo Metals commenced drilling at Palos Verdes. ON MINING, Mag Silver and Starcore International presented financial/operational results for the second quarter 2022. ON FINANCING, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver elaborated on the private placement for $10 M in conjunction with the acquisition of La Guitarra project. Canuc and Minera Alamos closed financing rounds for C270 K and $4.37 M. Prismo Metals intends to complete a non brokered private placement for $150 K. Torex Gold finalized an agreement increasing the available credit from $150 M to $250 M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Sonoro Gold reported results from underground sampling at Cerro Caliche, in Sonora. Silver Dollar reported results from four holes at La Joya, in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Orogen Royalties staked the La Verdad epithermal project in Zacatecas. Gold79 Mines sold its remaining 20% interest on Taviche, Oaxaca, to Minaurum Gold. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Kootenay Silver Inc. released results from the first holes of the 15,000 m phase 4 drilling program at its Columba project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core-length results on the D vein comprise 11.3 m @ 449 gpt Ag (including 1 m @ 795 gpt Ag); 7.0 m @ 108 gpt Ag; 2.85 m @ 183 gpt Ag; 7.74 m @ 416 gpt Ag (including 1.5 m @ 1,395 gpt Ag, 0.9% Pb, 5.3% Zn); 2.0 m @ 190 gpt Ag, and 1.95 m @ 103 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 151 gpt Ag; 6.0 m @ 107 gpt Ag on the F vein.
  • Prismo Metals Inc. commenced the 2,000 m drill program at its Palos Verdes project in Sinaloa. “Previous shallow drilling has intersected high grade mineralization with the best intercept of 2,336 g/t Ag and 8.42 g.t Au over a true width estimated at 0.8 meters within a larger mineralized interval with 1,098 g/t Ag and 3.75 g/t Au over a true width of 2.3 meters.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. begun rehabilitation of underground historic workings at its Alamos project in Sonora. “Initial rehabilitation to facilitate mapping and sampling of more than 1 km of workings will take several months to complete and will consist of securing and cleaning all underground areas, and removing and stockpiling backfill for possible future processing”. The Promontorio vein can be traced for more than 1 km on the surface and underground; the mine closed in 1896, having produced 70 M Oz Ag. In the 1960’s material from surface dumps and underground backfill was processed, with access cleared to the main haulage level and to the lower levels of the Promontorio mine. Minaurum is to re-log all Promontorio drill core, rehabilitate, map and sample the underground workings.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. released results from three drill holes at its Pilar project in Sonora. Highlighted core-length results comprise 16.8 m @ 0.1 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag (including 6.1 m @ 0.3 gpt Au, 47 gpt Ag; 1.5 m @ 0.6 gpt Au, 185 gpt Ag); 138.8 m @ 0.1 gpt Au (including 30.5 m @ 0.4 gpt Au; which includes 1.5 m @ 7.6 gpt Au). Two of the holes support the presence of a third subparallel trend northeast of the main and 4-T trends.

ON MINING

  • Mag Silver Corp. announced financial results for the Q2 2022.  At Juanicipio (46% Mag Silver, 56% Fresnillo PLC), in Zacatecas, 154.1 K tonnes were processed through the Fresnillo plants. Producing 2.2 M Oz Ag, 5,119 Oz Au, 1,016 tonnes Pb, 1,599 tonnes Zn. The Juanicipio processing plant is about to be connected to the national electrical grid, with 85-90% of the 4,000 tonnes per day capacity expected to be reached by the end of 2022. By the end of the period Mag had $47.7 M of working capital, including $44.6 M in cash.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. presented production results for the Q1 2023, ended July 31, 2022. At the San Martin mine in Queretaro, 55.26 K tonnes were milled, averaging 1.70 gpt Au, 21.3 gpt Ag, recovering 89.4% Au, 49.1% Ag, to produce 2,925 Oz AuEq.  

ON FINANCING

  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. amended the terms of the previously disclosed “best efforts” brokered private placement. The offering is to raise now up to $10 M and is being conducted in conjunction with the proposed acquisition of the La Guitarra property in Estado de Mexico.
  • Canuc Resources Corp. announced the closing of a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of C$270 K (San Javier, Sonora).
  • Prismo Metals Inc. intends to complete a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $150 K (Palos Verdes, Sinaloa).
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. finalized a credit agreement with a syndicate of banks to increase the credit available form $150 M to $250 M and to extend the maturation of the facilities from 2023 to 2025. Torex expects the $311 M of cash on hand, no debt, strong forecast cash flow from El Limón Guajes and the $250 M available under the latest credit facilities place Torex on solid footing to fund the development of the Media Luna project. (El Limón-Guajes, Guerrero).
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. clarified that the news release headlined “Kootenay Resources Inc. Announces Private Placement financing of up to $800,000” is related to Kootenay Resources Inc. a private reporting issuer not related to the common stock of Kootenay Silver Inc. a TSX Venture listed company. Kootenay Resources Inc. is a spin-out from Kootenay Silver Inc. focused on British Columbia exploration, of which Kootenay Silver holds 3.2 M shares (Columba, Chihuahua).
  • Minera Alamos Inc. announced the closing of its non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of $4.37 M, with no finder’s fees paid (Cerro de Oro, Zacatecas).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Sonoro Gold Corp. reported results from underground sampling at Cerro Caliche, in Sonora. A rotary handheld saw was used to obtain 34 continuous channel samples of vein and breccia material from the Cabeza Blanca underground workings. Three segments of one tunnel were sampled, averaging 3.9 @ 0.40 gpt Au, 3.5 m @ 3.07 gpt Au, 1.86 m @ 1.79 gpt Au. The highest interval sample returned 2 m @ 7.68 gpt Au. “The current resource estimate classified this 100-meter section as an inferred resource, but the underground sampling results, together with over 7,200 meters of new drilling data, will be included in an updated resource calculation being completed on the project”.
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc. reported initial assay results from phase II drilling ongoing at the Noria portion of the La Joya project in Durango. A total of 1,899 m have been completed in 10 holes, with core length highlighted results on the first four comprising 26.85 m @ 1.0 gpt Au; 17.05 m @ 1.0% Zn; 9.90 m @ 0.9% Zn; 9.13 m @ 0.7% Zn; 19.35 m @ 192 gpt Ag, 0.27 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 2.2% Zn (including 5,0 m @ 451 gpt Ag, 0.62 gpt Au, 2.3% Pb, 4.6% Zn); 4.93 m @ 120 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 0.8% Zn; 3.00 m @ 74 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb, 2.2% Zn; 5.79 m @ 114 gpt Ag, 0.18 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 4.43 m @ 23 gpt Ag, 0.26 gpt Au, 5.6% Zn.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Orogen Royalties Inc. announced the acquisition by staking of the La Verdad project in Durango. The 264-hectare project contains a low-sulfidation epithermal system with two subparallel quartz veins, Santa Rita and La Verdad along 2.5 kilometers of strike length, hosted in Cretaceous limestone. “Multiple stages of white, yellow and green quartz veins outcrop and display classic low sulfidation style textures. The Santa Rita and La Verdad veins may extend beneath shallow alluvium which covers over 40 percent of the potential vein strike”. A minor drilling program in 2013 tested only 100 m of strike length of the system.
  • Gold79 Mines Ltd. monetized its remaining 20% interest in the Taviche project, in Oaxaca. The transaction allows for the dissolution of the Mexican subsidiary and reduce costs. Additionally, Gold79 will not proceed with the previously announced private placement and will receive a C$230 K loan from management. Minaurum Gold Inc. has exercised the option for C$1 M for the remaining 20% interest in the Taviche project, “Once the option exercise is completed in accordance with its terms along with certain other transactions between the parties, Gold79 will pay CDN$800,000 for a full and final release regarding any claims associated with the project to Minaurum”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant Nes.

OBITUARY

  • Endeavour Silver and Aztec Mineral announced the sudden decease of Bradford Cooke, founder of those companies and a long-time promotor of the mining industry in Mexico. He will be missed.

On the image below: Silicified structure tens of meters wide running for several kilometers in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico; Highlights on the First Week of August, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 31st week of the year (August 1st to August 7th, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties and four presented production results for the second quarter. Only one company reported on the closing of a private placement, one on the granting of incentive options to officers, directors and consultants, one on a $5 M loan facility and one in a share consolidation plan. One company filed an amended report. One company closed the sale of its Mexican properties and one more amended the option agreement of a property.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Spruce completed an RC drilling program at Diamante; Tocvan Ventures informed on drilling at Pilar. In Chihuahua, Kootenay Silver informed on drilling at Columba; Mammoth Resources presented drilling results from Tenoriba. In Zacatecas, Alien Metals updated on work at Donovan 2 and San Celso. In Oaxaca, Vortex Metals updated on exploration at Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects. ON MINING, Coeur Mining, Torex Gold, Equinox Gold and First Majestic Silver presented financial and operational results for the second quarter 2022. ON FINANCING, Heliostat closed a private placement for $3 M. Bear Creek Mining entered into a US$5 M loan facility. Tocvan is granting incentive stock options and Ridgestone Mining is proposing consolidation of its shares.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Silver is filing an amended technical report for the Cordero project in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Great Panther Mining closed the sale of its Mexican properties to Guanajuato Silver Company. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo Mexico’s metallurgical complex at Nacozari, in Sonora, was granted the “Great Place to Work” certification.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. along with Colibri Resource Corp. completed its phase 1 drilling program at the 1,057 ha Diamante project in Sonora. The 2,005 m reverse-circulation program in 19 holes, up to 135 m in depth, covered the La Prieta, and Pillado targets. “Mineralization is reported visually as pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, argentiferous galena, argentite, hematite and probable metal oxides, carbonates and sulphates, including copper carbonate (malachite), copper sulphates and plumbojarosite”.
  • Vortex Metals Inc. provided an update in exploration of its Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects in Oaxaca. The late David Jones identified this area in the early 2000’s …”Copper-gold mineralization within both the Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects is associated with geologic processes operative in the Late Jurassic to Middle Cretaceous within a back-arc sequence of bi-modal volcanics and volcaniclastics deposited on the sea floor. Early exploration conducted by Dave Jones identified several copper and gold anomalies over a broad area but clearly associated with specific rocks, i.e. exhalite, rhyolite debris aprons or breccia. These associations prompted the identification of a geologic environment which incorporated these features. The Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) model incorporates the geologic and geochemical features observed to date”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. informed significant progress has been made on the 15,000 m drilling campaign at Columba, in Chihuahua. The current program will test extensions of the F, D, B and JZ veins and exploratory step-outs on other prospective veins. The V vein has been traced for over 700 m of strike and 200 m of depth with an average of 2 m in width, the D vein has been hit along 430 m of strike and 340 m of depth with an average of 6.9 m in width.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. informed that seven reverse circulation drill holes for a total of 1,382 m have been completed on the phase III drill program at Pilar, in Sonora.
  • Alien Metals Ltd. updated on exploration work at its San Celso and Donovan 2 projects in Zacatecas. Three holes totaling 201 m were drilled at San Celso and four holes at Donovan 2 for 410 m. No significant intersections were returned for San Celso. At Donovan 2, a 1.87 m interval returned 0.33% Cu, although the recovery was in the 15-20% range. A weak Zn anomaly correlates with a similar zone in a previous hole.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp. provided results from four holes at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. The four holes totaled 388.95 m brining the total to 2,623.55 m in 21 holes. Highlighted intercepts comprise 81.0 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag (including 12.0 m @ 1.03 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag); 10.6 m @ 1.14 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 30.0 m @ 0.32 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 48.0 m @ 1.11 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag (including 4.5 m @ 2.88 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag).

ON MINING

  • Coeur Mining Inc. reported second quarter 2022 financial results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Palmarejo, in Chihuahua, 539.6 K tonnes were milled @ 1.68 gpt Au, 125 gpt Ag, recovering 92.4% Au, 84.2% Ag, to produce 27,109 Oz Au, 1.79 M Oz Ag. Four drill rigs are to be active in the third quarter 2022 on infill drilling of the Hidalgo and Nacion zones and expansion drilling on the NW Hidalgo and La Carmela zones.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. released financial and operating results for the second quarter 2022. During the period, 123,363 Oz Au were produced at its El Limon-Guajes project in Guerrero, at total cash cost $703 per Oz Au and AISC of $911. Construction at Media Luna (close to El Limon-Guajes), is well underway, with a physical progress of 5%, including the development of 2,100 m at the Guajes tunnel and 700 m at South Portal. At the end of the period the company had net cash of $306.3 M with no debt and an undrawn $150.0 M credit facility.
  • Equinox Gold Corp. announced its second quarter 2022 financial and operating results. The report includes the sale of the Mercedes mine in Sonora to Bear Creek Mining Corp., but does not elaborate on production numbers for Mercedes or Los Filos in Guerrero, other than a guidance of 155-170 K Oz Au production from Los Filos in 2022.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. presented financial results for the second quarter 2022. During the quarter the company negotiated and signed a conclusive agreement with the Mexican tax authority (SAT) though the office of the taxpayer ombudsman (PRODECON) to settle an uncertain tax position relating to intercompany debt financing in Mexico, with a one-time payment of $21.3 M. Consolidated production in Mexico was 6.16 M Oz AgEq, as shown in the table below.

ON FINANCING

  • Bear Creek Mining Corp. entered into a US$5.0 M loan facility with Auramet International LLC.. Bear Creek will sell Auramet 100% of the outrun from the Mercedes mine in Sonora until the note is paid in full and 50 K Oz thereafter (Mercedes, Sonora).
  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. closed its non-brokered private placement offering for gross proceeds of $3 M (Oso Negro and El Picacho, Sonora).
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced the approval of the grant of 1.3 M incentive stock options to officers, directors and consultants of the company (Pilar, Sonora).
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. intends to seek shareholder approval at its upcoming annual general meeting to consolidate its commons shares in a 20 to 1 ratio. “The proposed Consolidation remains subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange”.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Discovery Silver Corp. is filing an amended technical report on the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The phrase “the Cordero project is technically and economically viable” was removed, as “the economic analysis is a preliminary economic assessment and cannot demonstrate economic viability”. Discovery is well advanced on a pre-feasibility study (PFS) to be completed on Q4 2022, which is to outline the technical and economic viability of the project.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. closed the previously announced sale of the Guanajuato Mine Complex (Guanajuato), the Topia mine (Durango) and the El Horcón and Santa Rosa projects (Guanajuato) to Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd.. The deal comprised US$8 M in cash, plus additional cash of US$1.35 M, US$6.7 M in GSilver shares, US$500 K when Topia produces an aggregate of 2.5 M Oz Ag and US$750 K if the silver price rises above US$27.50 per Oz for a month within two years of closing, and US$750 K if the silver price closes above US$30.00 per Oz for a month within three years of closing.
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. announced the amendment of the property agreement on the Guadalupe y Calvo project in Chihuahua. The revised option agreement with Endeavour Silver extends the cash, share and work commitments of year 2 from February 2023 to March 2024, that of year 3 from February 2024 to March 2025 and that of year 4 from February 2025 to March 2026.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo Mexico’s metallurgical complex in Nacozari, Sonora, obtained the certificate “Great Place to Work”. The certification is recognized in more than 60 countries.

On the image below: Quartz-specularite veining on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Banded chalcedonic quartz vein

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 26th week of the year (June 27th to July 3rd, 2022), at least 23 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 1 news were published by the media, with eleven disclosing deals and corporate issues, five reporting resources and developments of their properties, four announcing financing issues, two informing on exploration results, one commenting on Mexican issues, and one communicating production and financial results. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mammoth Resources, Prime Mining, and Capitan Mining reported the best drilling intercepts in Mexico on the fifth week of June, 2022. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Spruce submitted an exploration plan for 500-1000m of trenching and for 1,000-2,000m of initial RC drilling for its Jackie project. In Chihuahua, Mammoth provided results from 3 drill holes completed at its Tenoriba project. ON MINING, Altaley reported production and financial results from its Tahuehueto project, Durango. ON FINANCING, Infinitum Copper announced a non-brokered private placement to raise up to CAD $1M (Adelita project, Sonora). Sierra Madre entered into an agreement in connection with a private placement for gross proceeds of up to $10M (La Guitarra project, State of Mexico). Prismo closed its previously announced financing for gross proceeds of $682,125 (Palos Verdes project, Sinaloa). Tocvan closed a private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $5.125M (El Pilar project, Sonora). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Altaley provided an update on the commissioning, pre-production, and construction progress at its Tahuehueto project in Durango. Capitan Mining reported results from 3 RC holes drilled at its Cruz de Plata project in Durango. Prime Mining reported results from its expanded Phase 2 step-out and infill drilling at its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Regency Silver commenced a 2,000m drill program at its flagship Dios Padre Silver project. Osisko Development announced a Mineral Resource Estimate for its San Antonio Gold project in Sonora.   ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Discovery Silver reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Cordero project, Chihuahua). Gatos Silver announced the appointments of its new CFO and VP Corporate Development and Business Improvement effective July 16, 2022 (Cerro Los Gatos, Chihuahua). Prismo announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Palos Verdes project, Sinaloa). Silver Spruce informed that it has fulfilled the terms of the earn-in agreement with Colibri, earned its 50% interest and signed a JV agreement to move forward with additional exploration at its Jackie project, Sonora.  Almaden reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Ixtaca project. Puebla). Fortuna Silver announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors and reports results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Jose mine, Oaxaca). Fortune Bay begun to trade on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol FTBYF (Ixhuatán project, Chiapas). Magna announced results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Francisco mine, Sonora).  Guanajuato Silver signed a binding definitive agreement with Great Panther to acquire all of the Great panther Mexican assets. Americas Gold announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors and reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Cosala mine, Sinaloa). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • Mammoth Resources Corp., Prime Mining Corp., and Capitan Mining Inc., reported the best drilling intercepts in Mexico on the fifth week of June, 2022. Details are shown in the table below:

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., submitted an exploration plan for 500-1000m of trenching and for 1,000-2,000m of initial RC drilling to evaluate the principal targets located near the center of the concession at its Jackie project in Sonora. The initial permit will include 48 trench-track location and 36 drill pads.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., provided results from 3 drill holes completed, for a total of 378.65m, at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. The most significant drill intercept was encountered in hole TEN-21-12 drilled at the Carneritos Zone with 0.45 g/t Au and 5 g/t Ag (0.51 g/t AuEq) over 46.5m. These two drill holes (Carneritos and Moreno) are separated one from the other by over 2.5km. The company also reported an additional interval of the hole TEN-21-08 collared at the Moreno Zone which returned 0.98 g/t Au, and 15 g/t Ag (1.18 g/t AuEq) over 37.5m, including 1.13 g/t Au, 21 g/t Ag, and 0.55% Cu (2.34 g/t AuEq) over 18m, plus 0.08 g/t Au, 0.4 g/t Ag, and 0.45% Cu (0.65 g/t AuEq) over 12m. To date, the company has drilled 1,913.9m in 13 holes.

ON MINING

  • Altaley Mining Corporation, reported that to date it has produced approximately 260 tonnes of bulk concentrate at its Tahuehueto mine in Durango. Two shipments of approximately 30 tonnes each have been shipped to Trafigura for sale. Revenue received from the first shipment was approximately USD $42K paid for gold, silver, and lead. Another 70 tons of concentrate is in the process of being shipped from Tahuehueto to Tepehuanes subsequently to be trucked and sold to Trafigura in the coming days. The company estimates that there are approximately another 150 tonnes of concentrate available, drying on the mill patio and within the thickeners available to be filtered for drying on the patios. 

ON FINANCING

  • Infinitum Copper Corp., announced a non-brokered private placement to raise up to CAD $1M. The financing will consist of up to 5K units at a price of CAD $0.20 per unit for gross proceeds of up to CAD $1M. Part of the gross proceeds will be used to fund exploration at its Adelita project in Sonora.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., entered into an agreement in connection with a private placement for gross proceeds of up to $10M. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering for the development of the La Guitarra Property, advancement of engineering studies, and general working capital purposes.
  • Prismo Metals Inc., closed its previously announced financing for gross proceeds of $682,125. The proceeds will be primarily used to drill a minimum of 2,000m of core at its Palos Verdes project in Sinaloa.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp., closed a private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $5.125M. The gross proceeds will be used to advance El Pilar and Picachos project in Sonora, and for general working capital purposes.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Altaley Mining Corporation provided an update on the commissioning, pre-production, and construction progress at its Tahuehueto project in Durango. The operations team has been resolving various start-up issues related to the water supply pipeline and mill commissioning. Processing has been stabilized with the mill achieving ore throughput up to 350 tonnes per day (tpd). Mill throughput is estimated to remain at current levels over the next two weeks. The tailings storage facility is in the final stages of construction and expected to be ready to receive dry stack tailings within 45 days. The Tahuehueto Laboratory is essentially ready to be operational and technicians are calibrating ICP and ancillary equipment expected to be fully operational over the next few days. Installation of the second 500 tpd ball mill is scheduled over the next several months and the Company anticipates the project will be able to commission this mill during Q4 2022 and ramp up production towards the mine’s designed capacity of 1,000 tpd near the end of 2022.
  • Capitan Mining Inc., reported results from 3 RC holes drilled at the Jesus Maria Zone within its Cruz de Plata project in Durango. Drilling highlights include hole 22-JMRC-12 with 100 g/t Ag, 0.25 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 0.4% Zn (144 g/t AgEq) over 21.3m, including 383 g/t Ag, 0.58 g/t Au, 0.9% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (489 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 239 g/t Ag, 0.33 g/t Au, 0.9% Pb, and 0.9% Zn (328 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, plus 26 g/t Ag, 0.14 g/t Au, 0.4% Pb, and 0.7% Zn (76 g/t AgEq) over 10.7m, including 42 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au, 0.9% Pb, and 1.7% Zn (147 g/t AgEq) over 3m; and hole 21-JMRC-07 with 57 g/t Ag, 0.1 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (77 g/t AgEq) over 22.9m, including 96 g/t Ag, 0.04 g/t Au, 0.05% Pb, and 0.06% Zn (103 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 342 g/t Ag, 0.39 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, and 0.9% Zn (428 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m. With these results, mineralization has been confirmed over 800m of strike length and remains open at depth. Assays are still pending for 9 RC holes completed at the Jesus Maria Zone.
  • Prime Mining Corp., reported results from its expanded Phase 2 step-out and infill drilling on the Tahonitas Zone at its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Now, this phase is planned to 70,000m. Drilling highlights include hole 22TA-18 with 6.08 g/t Au and 103 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 2.9m, including 13.5 g/t Au and 127 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.1m; hole 22TA-23 with 3.12 g/t Au and 24 g/t Ag over a TW of 3.1m, including 7.67 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.4m; hole 22TA-29 with 1.37 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag over a TW of 6.7m; hole 22TA-17 with 0.86 g/t Au and 51 g/t Ag over a TW of 9.5m, including 4.36 g/t Au and 228 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.1m; hole 22TA-27 with 0.92 g/t Au and 104 g/t Ag over a TW of 2,2m, including 1.97 g/t Au and 244 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.3m; and hole 22TA-31 with 0.99 g/t Au and 41 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.2m, including 2.78 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.8m, plus 1.59 g/t Au and 2 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.8m. To date the company has drilled over 81,000m and completed 310 holes at Los Reyes project. The Phase 2 has now completed 54,466m in 188 holes.
  • Regency Silver Corp., commenced a 2,000m drill program at its flagship Dios Padre Silver project in Sonora. The 2,000 metre drill program is designed to test a large IP anomaly only 550 metres to the north of the existing Dios Padre historical workings to determine whether it represents a significant continuation of the mineralization at Dios Padre.
  • Osisko Development Corp., announced a Mineral Resource Estimate for its San Antonio Gold project in Sonora and provided an operation update. Osisko reported Indicated Resources of 14.9M tonnes with grades of 1.2 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag for a total of 576K Oz Au and 1.37M Oz Ag contained, and Inferred Resources of 16.6M tonnes with grades of 1 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag for a total of 544K Oz Au and 1.76M Oz Ag contained. The Mineral Resource Estimate encompasses five deposits: Sapuchi, Golfo de Oro, California, Calvario and High Life over approximately 2.8km along strike, a maximum width of 600m to a maximum depth of 300m below surface, and is based on 84,454m of current and verified historic drilling in 579 holes, of which 27,870m of drilling in 177 holes were drilled by the Company in 2021. The company also provided an operation update and informed that since its acquisition in November 2020, it has constructed a leach pad and carbon in column plant to process stockpiled mineralized material (1.1M tonnes with an average grade of 0.57 g/t Au), and reported that currently 680K tonnes of mineralized material has been placed and processed.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Discovery Silver Corp., reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Cordero project, Chihuahua).
  • Gatos Silver Inc., announced the appointments of its new CFO and VP Corporate Development and Business Improvement effective July 16, 2022 (Cerro Los Gatos, Chihuahua).
  • Prismo Metals Inc., announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Palos Verdes project, Sinaloa).
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., informed that it has fulfilled the terms of the earn-in agreement with Colibri, earned its 50% interest and signed a JV agreement to move forward with additional exploration at its Jackie project, Sonora.
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd., reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders. Shareholders also approved the appointment of Davidson & Company LLP as auditors of the Company for the ensuing year (Ixtaca project. Puebla).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines, Inc., announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors and reports results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Jose mine, Oaxaca).
  • Fortune Bay Corp., begun to trade on the OTCQX Best Market under the symbol FTBYF. Bay’s common shares will continue to trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol FOR and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 5QN.  (Ixhuatán project, Chiapas).
  • Magna Gold Corp., announced results from its annual general meeting of shareholders. It also informed that the company has completed the acquisition of its flagship San Francisco mine in Sonora and stated that its objective is to bring the San Francisco mine back to its most productive days and beyond. Magna also mentioned that its currents share price does not adequately or at all reflect our achievements and given the nature of current market conditions the sector has fallen out of favour.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., signed a binding definitive agreement with Great Panther Mining Ltd., to acquire all of the Great Panther Mexican assets, including Topia mine, Durango and production facilities, The San Ignacio mine, The Guanajuato Mine Complex (it will henceforth referred as the Valenciana mine), and the Cata processing plant in Guanajuato, for a total consideration of USD $14.7M; satisfied by USD $6,7M in Guanajuato Silver shares and USD $8M in cash, plus up to USD $2M in additional payments.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corporation announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors and reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Cosala mine, Sinaloa).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No relevant news.

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On the picture above, banded chalcedonic quartz from an epithermal vein system, in a project in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 15th week of the year (April 11th to April 17th, 2022), at least 30 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, nine companies posted exploration advances on their properties, six released first quarter 2022 reports, one updated on project work, six reported drill results on their advanced properties and one signed an exploitation agreement on a small scale mine. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico’s president Andrés M. López Obrador warned he will change the mining law to make a government’s monopoly on lithium, if his Energy bill is not approved. According to Miner Deck, three of the top ten gold intercepts on the second week of April were drilled by companies working in Mexico. Six of the top ten silver intercepts were by companies in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures provided drill results on the Pilar project; Infinitum Copper released trench results at La Adelita; Silver Spruce had the preventive report approved for drilling at Diamante; Reyna Gold started drilling at La Gloria; Aztec Minerals finished the phase 2 RC drill campaign at Cervantes. In Chihuahua, Reyna Silver released drill results from Batopilas. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver released drilling results from Tepic. In Guerrero, Pantera Silver reported drill results from Nuevo Taxco. In Zacatecas, Defiance Silver completed drilling at the Lucita prospect in its Zacatecas Silver project. ON MINING, Endeavour Silver, Fortuna Silver, Avino Silver, Golden Minerals, Great Panther and Torex Gold released first quarter 2022 reports. ON FINANCING, No Relevant News.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Prime Mining released drill results from Los Reyes, in Sinaloa. Silver Tiger Metals provided drilling results for El Tigre, in Sonora. Silverton Metals released RC drilling results from Peñasco Quemado, in Sonora. Vizsla Silver reported drilling results from the Animas vein corridor at Panuco, in Sinaloa. Endeavour Silver informed on drill results from the El Curso property at its Guanaceví mine in Durango. Fabled Silver Gold is planning phase 2 drilling at Santa Maria, in Chihuahua. SilverCrest Metals announced drill results from Picacho, in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Galore Resources entered into an exploitation agreement with Oztoc Metal Corp for mining at the Duraznillo mine in Zacatecas.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexico’s president Andrés M. López Obrador, warned that, “if Congress does not approve a constitutional reform on electrical matters next week….. he will push for a rewrite of the country’s Mining Law”. He stated that modifying the Mining Law requires simple majority (which he has), “to make lithium a mineral that belongs to the nation, to the Mexicans”.
  • According to Miner Deck, three of the top ten gold intercepts on the second week of April were from companies working in Mexico: Prime Mining (fifth) with 4.23 m @ 52.08 gpt Au at Los Reyes, in Sinaloa; Tocvan Ventures (eighth) with 116.9 m @ 1.2 gpt Au at Pilar, in Sonora, and Silver Crest Metals (tenth) with 4.7 m @ 20.86 gpt Au at Picacho, in Sonora.
  • According to Miner Deck, six of the top ten silver intercepts on the second week of April were by companies in Mexico: Endeavour Silver (third) with 7.46 m @ 2,067 gpt Ag at Guanaceví, in Durango; Prime Mining (fourth) with 4.3 m @ 1,008 gpt Ag at Los Reyes in Sinaloa; Defiance Silver (sixth) with 3.33 m @ 709 gpt Ag, Vizsla Silver (seventh) with 2.4 m @ 959 gpt Ag at Panuco, in Sinaloa; Silver Tiger Metals (nineth) with 23.8 m @ 95 gpt Ag at El Tigre in Sonora; Sierra Madre Gold and Silver (tenth) with 2.55 m @ 878 gpt Ag at Tepic.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. announced the approval by SEMARNAT (Environmental authority) of the preventive report for drilling at the 1,057 ha Diamante property in Sonora. The program envisages 2,000 m of reverse circulation drilling starting in May, on the La Prieta, Aguaje, El Chon, El Chon Oeste, La Olla, Calton, El Cumbro, and Mezquite-Raizudo targets.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. released results from seven drill holes of the phase II drilling program at the Tepic project in Nayarit. “Four of the holes are up-dip extensions from the previously defined historic resource area while three are strike extensions”. Highlighted core-length intercepts comprise 7.05 m @ 125 gpt Ag, 0.90 gpt Au; 3.2 m @ 194 gpt Ag, 1.36 gpt Au; 12.1 m @ 146 gpt Ag, 0.64 gpt Au (including 1.5 m @ 489 gpt Ag, 0.77 gpt Au); 2.25 m @ 48 gpt Ag, 0.90 gpt Au; 1.5 m @ 7 gpt Ag, 1.89 gpt Au; 4.6 m @ 156 gpt Ag, 1.20 gpt Au; 4.8 m @ 106 gpt Ag, 1.48 gpt Au; 2.55 m @ 878 gpt Ag, 3.04 gpt Au; 1.05 m @ 11 gpt Ag, 2.66 gpt Au. True widths estimated at 90% of core-length intervals.
  • Reyna Gold Corp. reported channel and dump sample results from the Sombrero target at its La Gloria property in Sonora. Highlighted results comprise 8.68 gpt Au, 0.56% Cu, 64 gpt Ag, 0.4% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 8.17 gpt Au, 0.34% Cu, 49 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb; 2.84 gpt Au, 0.17% Cu, 36 gpt Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.2% Zn. “Reyna has started drilling at El Sombrero and expanded the number of planned holes from an initial 10 to now 22 holes in the El Sombrero target as part of its ongoing 10,000-meter drill program, which now comprises of a total of 36 holes”.
  • Pantera Silver Corp. reported initial drill results from the Nuevo Taxco project in Guerrero. Highlighted true width (tw) results comprise 0.55 m @ 98 gpt Ag; 1.15 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 48 gpt Ag; 1.6 m @ 98 gpt Ag; 1.3 m @ 96 gpt Ag; 0.8 m @ 82 gpt Ag; 1.85 m @ 0.09 gpt Au, 225 gpt Ag on the Negrilla vein and 5.05 m @ 0.30 gpt Au, 108 gpt Ag; 1.75 m @ 0.42 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag; 1.00 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 0.86 m @ 1.86 gpt Au, 35 gpt Ag; 1.25 m @ 0.51 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag; 4.29 m @ 0.78 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag on the Creston de Maria vein. This drilling campaign tested 630 m along strike on two veins of 21 in the property, with a combined longitude of more than 11 km.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced results from one core hole at its Pilar property in Sonora. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 116.85 m @ 1.19 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag (including 48.05 m @ 2.81 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag, which includes 10.20 m @ 12.04 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag). This core hole is a twin form a reverse circulation hole that returned 94.6 m @ 1.6 gpt Au. Nine holes totalling 1,562 m have been completed of phase III drilling.
  • Reyna Silver Corp. released results from 19 holes totalling 7,964 m of its 10,000 m stage 1 drill program at Batopilas, in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 9.35 m @ 3.38 gpt Au (including 3.65 m @ 8.18 gpt Au, which includes 1.65 m @ 12.75 gpt Au); 1.45 m @ 6.87 gpt Au (including 0.35 m @ 18.95 gpt Au); 5.40 m @ 5.68 gpt Au (including 3.65 m @ 8.18 gpt Au); 0.75 m @ 9.55 gpt Au; 1.8 m @ 4.06 gpt Au. Reyna Silver is doing more exploration work to define the extent of gold rich versus silver rich mineralization, and their relationship.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp. and JV partner Kootenay finished the phase 2 reverse circulation program with 26 holes totaling 4,649 m at Cervantes, in Sonora. Highlighted hole length intervals comprise 88.41 m @ 1.10 gpt Au (including 15.24 m @ 3.96 gpt Au); 108.2 m @ 0.37 gpt Au; 45.7 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 167.20 m @ 1.00 gpt Au, (including 24.4 m @ 4.25 gpt Au); 136.8 m @ 1.49 gpt Au (including 51.68 m @ 3.42 gpt Au); 100.32 m @ 0.75 gpt Au; 12.2 m @ 0.92 gpt Au; 7.6 m @ 0.68 gpt Au; 54.72 m @ 0.88 gpt Au; 7.6 m @ 0.74 gpt Au; 86.64 m @ 0.50 gpt Au; 138.32 m @ 0.53 gpt Au; 132.2 m @ 0.43 gpt Au; 9.1 m @ 0.46 gpt Au; 152.4 m @ 0.97 gpt Au (including 33.5 m @ 2.05 gpt Au); 54.9 m @ 0.48 gpt Au.  The focus of the program was to “better define the open pit, heap leach gold potential of the porphyry oxide cap at California, evaluate the potential for deeper copper-gold porphyry sulfide mineralization underlying the oxide cap, test for north and west extensions of the California mineralization at California North and Jasper, and assess the breccia potential of Purisima East”.
  • Infinitum Copper Corp. released trenching results from La Adelita project in Sonora-Sinaloa. Trench 2 returned a true thickness of 9.15 m @ 16.45 gpt Au, 1.90% Cu, 3 gpt Ag. Three magneto-telluric lines have been completed at Las Trancas, with interpreted results pending. Surface samples from Andalucia and Cerro Potreritos have returned up to 5.49 gpt Au, 1.34% Cu, 139 gpt Ag. “Additional surface sampling at Pericos confirmed the presence of skarn mineralization on the west limb of the Cerro Grande anticline, 800 m to the west of the Cerro Grande zone” with samples up to 1.38% Cu, 77 gpt Ag, 1.31 gpt Au.
  • Defiance Silver Corp. informed in the completed 4,750 m drill program at the 2,674 ha Lucita property, on Defiance’s Zacatecas project in Zacatecas. This is the first drilling in the central Lucita asset currently under option from Pan American Silver Corp.. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 3.33 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 709 gpt Ag (including 1.15 m @ 0.11 gpt Au, 1,604 gpt Ag); 0.94 m @ 0.11 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag; 2.73 m @ 0.16 gpt Au, 102 gpt Ag; 3.48 m @ 514 gpt Ag (including 1.9 m @ 940 gpt Ag); 1.05 m @ 0.19 gpt Au, 317 gpt Ag; 4.09 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 137 gpt Ag (including 0.6 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 618 gpt Ag); 1.51 m @ 0.76 gpt Au, 192 gpt Ag. “The dominant silver mineralization consists of pyrargyrite-proustite, acanthite, and argentite hosted in polyphase quartz and calcite veins, breccias, and stockwork veinlet zones”.

ON MINING

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. reported first quarter 2022 production. At Guanceví, in Durango, 101.2 K tonnes were produced at 1,125 tonnes per day (tpd) grading 407 gpt Ag, 1.19 gpt Au, recovering 85.6% Ag, 89.8% Au to produce 1.13 M Oz Ag, 3,477 Oz Au. At Bolañitos, in Guanajuato, 104.9 K tonnes were produced @ 61 gpt Ag, 1.73 gpt Au, recovering 85.9% Ag, 89.6% Au to produce 181.1 K Oz Ag, 5,218 Oz Au.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. released production results for the first quarter 2022, including figures from its operations in Mexico. In San Jose, in Oaxaca, 250.9 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,918 tpd, grading 185 gpt Ag, 1.13 gpt Au, recovering 91% Ag, 90% Au to recover 1.36 M Oz Ag, 8,239 Oz Au.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. reported first quarter 2022 production results. At Avino, in Durango, 111.1 K tonnes were milled, averaging 50 gpt Ag, 0.29 gpt Au, 0.56% Cu, recovering 92% Ag, 77% Au, 89% Cu, to produce 164.4 K Oz Ag, 801 Oz Au, 1.22 M Lb Cu (457.8 K Oz AgEq). During the quarter the acquisition of La Preciosa project was completed, and drill results from La Potosina of up to 2.95 m @ 668 gpt AgEq were released. “Avino is completing its conversion to dry stack tailings”.
  • Golden Minerals Co. reported production for the first quarter 2022. At Rodeo, in Durango, 203.6 K tonnes were mined, 10.9 K tonnes stockpiled awaiting process, 88.6 K tonnes in low grade stockpiles 47.4 K tonnes processed at a rate of 527 tpd, grading 3.1 gpt Au, 11.6 gpt Ag, recovering 75.4% Au, 82.8% Ag, to produce 3,608 Oz Au, 13.9 K Oz Ag (3,787 Oz AuEq).
  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. reported production first quarter 2022 results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Topia, in Durango, 16.3 K tonnes were mined, 16.2 K tonnes milled, averaging 362 gpt Ag, 0.84 gpt Au, recovering 92% Ag, 64% Au, to produce 173.7 K Oz Ag, 282 Oz Au, 365 tonnes Pb, 525 tonnes Zn (3,876 Oz Au Eq). The Guanajuato Mine Complex is currently in care and maintenance, while waiting for the CONAGUA (water use authority) tailings dam permit.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. released production results for Q1 2022. At its Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero, 12,600 tpd were processed, 1,260 tpd mined from underground, 11,780 tpd mined by open pit, to produce 112,440 Oz Au during the period.  

ON FINANCING

  • No Relevant News.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Prime Mining Corp. released drill results for 26 holes at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. A second high-grade ore shoot and the deepest mineralization to date was identified in Guadalupe East, with bonanza-grades found in 550 m step out from the inferred open pit boundary. True width highlighted results comprise 4.0 m @ 52.0 gpt Au, 1,008 gpt Ag; 0.6 m @ 7.62 gpt Au, 1,970 gpt Ag; 18.3 m @ 1.38 gpt Au, 39 gpt Ag; 14.1 m @ 1.12 gpt Au, 38 gpt Ag; 2.5 m @ 4.09 gpt Au, 103 gpt Ag; 7.5 m @ 1.47 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag; 1.9 m @ 3.72 gpt Au, 370 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 1.57 gpt Au; 0.6 m @ 1.19 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag; 2.8 m @ 1.38 gpt Au, 63 gpt Ag.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. provided drilling results from its El Tigre project in Sonora. The seven drill holes targeted down dip under El Tigre historic workings at the North end, highlighted core-length intervals comprise 27.8 m @ 0.08 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 0.09 gpt Au, 158 gpt Ag; 26 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag; 2.1 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 250 gpt Ag; 10.2 m @ 1.63 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag (including 1.5 m @ 10.7 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag); 1.2 m @ 0.04 gpt Au, 104 gpt Ag; 0.5 m @ 1.69 gpt Au, 101 gpt Ag; 23.8 m @ 0.19 gpt Au, 95 gpt Ag (including 2.3 m @ 0.94 gpt Au, 542 gpt Ag); 0.5 m @ 2.21 gpt Au, 1,200 gpt Ag. Underground rehabilitation is progressing at the historic El Tigre mine, with 215 m completed to date.
  • Silverton Metals Corp. released results from its step-out reverse circulation drilling at Peñasco Quemado, in Sonora. Highlighted hole-length intervals comprise 6.75 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 46 gpt Ag; 1.00 m @ 75 gpt Ag, 0.37% Cu; 0.97 m @ 69 gpt Ag, 0.42% Cu; 5.10 m @ 27 gpt Ag; 11.30 m @ 54 gpt Ag (including 0.95 m @ 438 gpt Ag, 0.62% Cu); 3.74 m @ 47 gpt Ag; 11.85 m @ 17 gpt Ag; 19.70 m @ 27 gpt Ag; 5.30 m @ 46 gpt Ag; 54.10 m @ 23 gpt Ag; 6.45 m @ 73 gpt Ag; 7.45 m @ 26 gpt Ag; 10.30 m @ 31 gpt Ag; 5.60 m @ 42 gpt Ag. A total of 2,105 meters were drilled in nine holes.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results for 19 holes targeting the Animas vein corridor at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 5.84 m @ 39 gpt Ag, 0.48 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 1.9% Zn; 3.09 m @ 84 gpt Ag, 1.30 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 5.25 m @ 85 gpt Ag, 0.50 gpt Au; 1.14 m @ 121 gpt Ag, 2.21 gpt Au, 1.9% Pb, 3.2% Zn; 4.71 m @ 391 gpt Ag, 2.23 gpt Au, 1.5% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 7.13 m @ 39 gpt Ag, 1.16 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.8% Zn; 4.62 m @ 29 gpt Ag, 1.24 gpt Au, 0.2% Zn; 1.10 m @ 195 gpt Ag, 1.17 gpt Au; 5.66 m @ 124 gpt Ag, 0.98 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.3% Zn; 1.14 m @ 312 gpt Ag, 1.23 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 1.00 m @ 622 gpt Ag, 2.75 gpt Au; 1.26 m @ 787 gpt Ag, 3.65 gpt Au, 0.2% Zn. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 2.40 m @ 959 gpt Ag, 5.97 gpt Au; 2.10 m @ 486 gpt Ag, 2.68 gpt Au; 0.95 m @ 113 gpt Ag, 4.85 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. informed on high-grade underground drill results from El Curso property at its Guanceví mine in Durango. Highlighted true width results from the underground program comprise 2.09 m @ 0.92 gpt Au, 296 gpt Ag; 4.22 m @ 0.93 gpt Au, 428 gpt Ag; 7.26 m @ 0.84 gpt Au, 324 gpt Ag; 7.23 m @ 0.63 gpt Au, 323 gpt Ag; 1.34 m @ 1.30 gpt Au, 498 gpt Ag; 4.18 m @ 2.63 gpt Au, 857 gpt Ag; 7.46 m @ 5.83 gpt Au, 2,067 gpt Ag (including 0.47 m @ 56.50 gpt Au, 22,562 gpt Ag); 7.57 m @ 1.89 gpt Au, 975 gpt Ag; 6.26 m @ 0.60 gpt Au, 354 gpt Ag; 1.80 m @ 1.33 gpt Au, 814 gpt Ag; 13.12 m @ 0.74 gpt Au, 214 gpt Ag; 7.99 m @ 1.52 gpt Au, 262 gpt Ag; 1.87 m @ 2.36 gpt Au, 807 gpt Ag. El Curso property, covers the Santa Cruz vein “between Endeavour’s previously mined Porvenir Cuatro orebody and the Milache orebody currently being mined”.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. is currently planning the phase 2 diamond drill program at Santa Maria, in Chihuahua. The Santa Maria veins were found in phase 1 drilling to be “mineralized breccias at the contacts or within diorite dikes”, which has led to the definition of five mineral/structural trends to pursue.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. announced results from drilling at El Picacho property in Sonora. This release covers 56,780 m in 247 holes (of a total to date of 68,200 m in 289 holes by SilverCrest). The focus of this campaign was to redefine and expand the Picacho Main vein historical resource of 364.4 K tonnes @ 8.54 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag, containing 100 K Oz Au, 473 K Oz Ag defined in 2010 with only 14 holes and underground workings. The Picacho Main vein is 550 m long, 300 min depth, with an estimated true width of 2.4 m @ 5.42 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 3.7 m @ 20.86 gpt Au, 73 gpt Ag); The Picacho Hanging Wall vein is 500 m long, 200 m in depth, 1.5 m in width @ 4.38 gpt Au, 38 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 1.3 m @ 42.3 gpt Au, 542 gpt Ag); The Picacho Hanging Wall 2 vein is 200 m long, 135 m in depth, 0.8 m in width @ 6.32 gpt Au, 46 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 2.8 m @ 11.9 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag); The Picacho Hanging Wall 3 vein is 80 m long, 100 m in depth, 0.5 m in width @ 8.7 gpt Au, 450 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 0.8 m @ 10.71 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag); The Picacho Footwall vein is 100 m long, 175 m in depth, 1.3 m in width @ 9.45 gpt Au, 16.1 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 1.7 m @ 37.09 gpt Au, 32 gpt Ag).  

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Galore Resources Inc. entered into an exploitation agreement between Oztoc Metal Corp. S. de R.L. de C.V. to reengage the mining activities that the previous tenant, URBYASA was conducting at the Duraznillo ranch in Zacatecas. The five-year contract includes the Los Gemelos I and Duende 7 mining concessions. Galore will receive 30% of gross revenues and OZTOC is to keep 70% for development, production and profit from the Duraznillo mine.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Banded quartz-barite vein in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 11th week of the year (March 14th to March 20th, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, only three companies posted exploration advances on their properties, four released quarterly and full year 2021 reports, four informed on financing rounds, three on share granting, repurchase or new market trading, two released new resource estimates, three posted drill results on properties with resources and one informed on the repossession of a property and mining concessions. ON MEXICO ISSUES, five of the top ten silver intercepts on the second week of March were obtained by companies working in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Rockland Resources recommenced exploration at its Elektra lithium project; Infinitum Copper discovered three new mineralization zones at Adelita. In Zacatecas, Orla Mining is to begin brownfield exploration around Camino Rojo. ON MINING, Avino Silver, Sierra Metals, American Gold and Silver, Orla Mining and Starcore International released quarterly and full year 2021 reports. ON FINANCING, Golden Tag granted stock options to directors, officers employees and consultants. Reyna Gold started trading at the OTCQB Market Exchange in USA. Oroco Resource announced the oversubscription of its previously announced private placement. Silver Tiger closed its financing for gross proceeds of C$23 M. Altaley Mining is to conduct a financing round for up to C$5 M. Minaurum Gold informed on the acquisition of 16% of Infinitum copper shares. First Majestic Silver was approved to extend its share repurchase program to up to 10 M shares.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, GoGold Resources released drilling results from El Favor East, at Los Ricos North in Jalisco. Torex Gold Resources released the 2021 resource estimate (4.47 M Oz Au) for El Limon Guajes Complex in Guerrero. Fortuna Silver Mines updated the resource estimate (46.6 M Oz Ag, 296 K Oz Au) to the end of 2021 on its San José mine in Oaxaca. Vizsla Silver reported results from drilling the Cruz Negra vein at Panuco, in Sinaloa. Mithril Resources provided drilling results from Copalquin, in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Galore Resources regained control of the Duraznillo ranch and the mining concessions on its Dos Santos project in Zacatecas. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Of the top ten silver intersects released on the second week of March, five were from companies working in Mexico, according to Miner Deck. Vizsla Silver was first with 9.45 m @ 1,559 gpt Ag at Panuco, in Sinaloa, whilst Magna Gold was second with 55.95 m @ 156 gpt Ag at Margarita, in Chihuahua. Prime Mining, Capitan Mining and Avino Silver were also in the list, with their project in Sinaloa and Durango.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Rockland Resources Ltd. announced exploration is to initiate at its Elektra project in Sonora. The company is to review the surface and drill information generated in 2017, when 1,762 m were drilled in 16 holes. Best intercepts of that campaign include 33 m @ 1,058 ppm Li and 24 m @ 1,050 ppm Li. The target is a lithium in clays deposit akin to the nearby “Sonora Lithium” property owned by Bacanora Lithium PLC.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. is to begin exploration in and around its Camino Rojo mine in Zacatecas. The company is planning to invest $10 M in exploration in Mexico during 2022. The current year drilling program is to infill drill the deposit and reduce the spacing to 50-125m  in the sulfide zone. Last year program returned up to 108 m @ 2.38 gpt Au; 111 m @ 2.63 gpt Au; 58.5 m @ 2.51 gpt Au; 115.5 m @ 2.11 gpt Au; 64.6 m @ 3.04 gpt Au; 55.5 m @ 4.47 gpt Au; 55.5 m @ 4.95 gpt Au. The 2021 regional exploration program included an airborne magnetic survey, an IP survey, soil sampling and direct exploration under cover with 9,146 m of RAB drilling on 284 holes (holes 500 m apart, with 1,000 m line spacing) to sample the bedrock under shallow cover (up to 3 m @ 1.94 gpt Au, 7 km from Camino Rojo). That effort produced several targets that are to be followed-up this year, while target generation still continues.
  • Infinitum Copper Corp. announced the discovery of new zones of high-grade copper mineralization on the surface at its Adelita project in Sonora-Sinaloa. Mapping, prospecting and sampling (1,024 channel samples) program identified the Cerro Grande Footwall, Las Trancas and Pericos zones. At Cerro Grande, sampling on a garnet skarn alteration zone returned 7.50 m @ 1.88% Cu, 0.89 gpt Au, 127 gpt Ag, 0.9% Zn. Skarn hosted mineralization is also present at Pericos, estimated at 12 m in width, with results pending. At Las Trancas an oxidized breccia returned 0.5 m @ 3.67% Cu, 1.14 gpt Au, 4.2% Zn, with the structure having been traced for 780 m, and pending results in trench samples. A 14.8 line-km magneto-telluric geophysical survey is to be conducted over the Cerro Grande, Cerro Grande Footwall, Pericos and Las Trancas zones. Drilling is to start in late March.

ON MINING

  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released financial results for Q4 and year 2021. At Avino, in Durango, in 2021 the company milled 165.3 K tonnes (103.5 K tonnes on Q4, after normalization of operations) to produce 245.4 K Oz Ag, 3,386 Oz Au, 1.87 M Lb Cu (842.4 K Oz AgEq). Over 15,500 m of drilling were completed in 124 holes during the year. In October of 2021 Avino entered into a definitive agreement with Coeur Mining Inc. to acquire the La Preciosa project, close to the Avino mine “for upfront consideration of $29.7 million on closing and $5 million due within 12 months of closing. Further contingent consideration including cash, royalties and a mineral reserve discovery payment. The transaction is expected to close during Q1 2022”. At the year’s end the company held US$22.3 M in cash.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported 2021 financial results and 2022 guidance, without specifying figures of production by mine. At Bolivar, in Chihuahua, cash cost was $2.18 per Lb CuEq and the AISC was $4.22 per Lb CuEq. At Cusi, in Chihuahua, cash cost was $16.71 per Oz  AgEq, and the AISC was $28.59. At Bolivar, 13,072 m of drilling were completed, as well as 21,059 m of infill drilling and 4,703 m of brownfield drilling at Cusi. The company held cash and cash equivalents of $34.9 M by the end of the year. “In Q4 2021, the Company announced its increased focus on copper and other steel-making products, including the strategic review process for the silver-producing Cusi Mine in Mexico. As part of this process, the carrying value of Cusi was reviewed. As a result, a non-cash impairment charge of $35 million was recognized for the year”.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. reported consolidated financial and operational results for the year 2021. At Cosalá, in Sinaloa, re-started operations in September after a long struggle with an illegal blockade “after reaching an agreement with union representatives and certain Mexican government ministries in July 2021…. Production from the San Rafael mine increased during Q4‐2021 as the normal mining cycle was re‐established.  The Los Braceros processing plant was fed with a combination of over 20,000 tonnes of existing stockpiled ore and new production from the mine.  The milling rate ramped up in tandem with mine production, averaging approximately 1,700 tonnes per day during December 2021 and continuing into 2022”. During the Q4 61 K Oz Ag, 4.2 M Lb Zn, 1.7 M Lb Pb were produced.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. announced results for the Q4 and year 2021. During its commissioning year, at Camino Rojo in Zacatecas, 2.06 M tonnes were mined, of which 1.71 M tonnes were processed, 349.4 K placed on the low grade stockpile and further 2.05 M tonnes of waste were moved. The stacked ore grade was 0.74 gpt Au, and the gold produced was 2,422 Oz. “Orla continues to evaluate multiple development scenarios on the Camino Rojo Sulphide Project. The development scenarios being considered to potentially form the basis of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) currently include: (1) an underground mining option, (2) an open pit mining option with processing at a to-be-constructed sulphide facility at Camino Rojo, and (3) an open pit mining option with processing at Newmont’s Peñasquito plant. Based on the additional drilling and testwork to date, all development options remain possible”.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. filed the results for the third quarter ended January 2022. At San Martin, in Queretaro, 56.7 K tonnes were milled @ 1.46 gpt Au, 21.2 gpt Ag, recovering 88.1% Au, 45.8% Ag, to produce 2.4 K Oz Au, 17.8 K Oz Ag (2,588 Oz AuEq), at an AISC of $1,623 per Oz AuEq.

ON FINANCING

  • Silver Bull Resources Inc. granted 3.3 M stock options to various directors, officers, employees and consultants (Sierra Mojada, Coahuila).
  • Reyna Gold Corp. announced its common shares started trading on the OTCQB Market Exchange in USA (La Gloria, Sonora).
  • Oroco Resource Corp. announced the over subscription of the previously announced private placement (Santo Tomás, Sinaloa).
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. closed the previously announced bought deal offering of common shares of the company, for gross proceeds of C$23 M (El Tigre, Sonora).
  • Altaley Mining Corp. intends to conduct a non-brokered private placement financing, to raise gross proceeds of up to C$5 M. The net proceeds will be used for working capital expenses related to the beginning of mining and milling operations at Tahuehueto, in Durango.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. informed on the acquisition of 6.1 M shares of Infinitum Copper Corp., which represents 16% of Infinitum (Alamos Silver, Sonora; Adelita, Sonora).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. received regulatory consent to extend its share repurchase program, with the ability now to repurchase up to 10 M shares, or 3.8% of the issued and outstanding shares (San Dimas, Sinaloa).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • GoGold Resources Inc. released results from five drill holes at El Favor East, within Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 1.0 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 73 gpt Ag; 1.2 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 82 gpt Au; 6.0 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 100 gpt Ag (including 1.1 m @ 0.09 gpt Au, 210 gpt Ag); 1.2 m @ 0.50 gpt Au, 152 gpt Ag; 1.7 m @ 0.90 gpt Au, 257 gpt Ag; 45.5 m @ 0.52 gpt Au, 97 gpt Ag (including 0.9 m @ 13.05 gpt Au, 716 gpt Ag); 5.0 m @ 0.42 gpt Au, 93 gpt Ag; 7.4 m @ 0.36 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported mineral reserves and resources for the El Limón Guajes Complex in Guerrero, to the end of 2021. Proven and probable reserves of 17.5 M tonnes @ 3.03 gpt Au, containing 1.74 M Oz Au; measured and indicated resources of 21.31 M tonnes @ 3.61 gpt Au containing 2.47 M Oz Au; inferred resources of 2.19 M tonnes @ 3.74 gpt Au containing 264 K Oz Au. During 2021, 529 K Oz Au were processed.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. updated mineral reserve and resource estimates for its San José mine in Oaxaca. Proven and probable reserves stand at 6.16 M tonnes @ 131 gpt Ag, 0.67 gpt Au, containing 17.3 M Oz Ag, 113 K Oz Au; measured and indicated resources stand at 940 K tonnes @ 99 gpt Ag, 0.66 gpt Au, containing 3.0 M Oz Ag, 20 K Oz Ag; inferred resources stand at 6.82 M tonnes @ 120 gpt Ag, 0.74 gpt Au, containing 26.3 M Oz Ag, 163 K Oz Au.  
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from five holes targeting the Cruz Negra vein, at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 0.70 m @ 1,795 gpt Ag, 21.00 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 4.45 m @ 34 gpt Ag, 3.26 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 1.65 m @ 1,066 gpt Au, 9.85 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.7% Zn; 3.70 m @ 440 gpt Ag, 3.74 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 2.2% Zn; 3.20 m @ 160 gpt Ag, 10.40 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 4.3% Zn.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd. provided drilling results from its Copalquin project in Durango. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 6.00 m @ 1.84 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 1.00 m @ 1.79 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag; 1.70 m @ 1.77 gpt Au, 117 gpt Ag; 2.14 m @ 0.89 gpt Au, 64 gpt Ag in one hole, 4.80 m @ 0.91 gpt Au, 57 gpt Ag; 2.30 m @ 1.75 gpt Au, 135 gpt Ag; 0.55 m @ 5.89 gpt Au, 474 gpt Ag in a second hole, 8.10 m @ 1.64 gpt Au, 106 gpt Ag in a third hole. Exploration work has defined over 7 km of veins in the project, with a major target area identified at La Montura, on strike with El Refugio, whereas Los Pinos area displays strong alteration, gold in soils and early stage drilling results of 0.60 m @ 9.91 gpt Au, 161 gpt Ag.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Galore Resources Inc. announced that “has legally and safely regained possession and control of the Duraznillo Ranch mining operation” at its Dos Santos project in Zacatecas. In January 2018 Galore entered into a mining exploitation agreement with Urbanizaciones y Acabados, S.A. de C.V., but due to a breach in the agreement Galore asked and had to file a demand to recover the Duraznillo ranch and the mining properties. On March 8, 2022, the ranch and the mining properties were peaceful and smoothly repossessed by Galore

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Barite-quartz-hematite vein from a project in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Malachite after chalcopyrite in a hydrothermal breccia.

By Miguel A Heredia

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

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

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

ON MINING

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

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

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

ON FINANCING

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

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

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

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

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

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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

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

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 5th week of the year (January 31st to February 6th, 2022), at least 16 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, three companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three released Q4 and full year 2021 reports, one granted share options and two completed private placements, six reported on project development and one on a property deal. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico’s president said that a state controlled company is to be the sole lithium miner in the country. Fortuna Silver is demanding from the government to respect and confirm an already issued environmental permit for the San Jose mine in Oaxaca. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Benjamin Hill Mining commenced a maiden drill program at its Sonora Gold property; Tocvan Ventures released surface sample results. In Durango, Southern Empire Resources updated on drilling at the Pedro project. ON MINING, Consolidated Zinc and Santacruz Silver Mining presented operating results for Q4 and full year 2021. Guanajuato Silver Company presented results for November and December 2021. ON FINANCING, Defiance Silver granted options to directors and officers. Benjamin Hill Mining and Barksdale Resources closed their private placements for $2.1 M and US$1.75 M respectively. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Defiance Silver continues drilling at its Zacatecas project. GR Silver Mining released drill results from San Marcial, on its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Discovery Silver is to drill 55,000 m during 2022 at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. GoGold Resources released drill results from El Favor East at Los Ricos North in Jalisco. Candelaria Mining received the drilling permit for Pinos, Zacatecas, and submitted the dilling permit for Caballo Blanco, in Veracruz.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Commander Resources presented the deal on which its Pedro property in Durango was optioned to Southern Empire Resources. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on his daily conference while speaking on the proposed energy bill that includes the nationalization of the (non-existent) lithium industry, said that the Mexican government is to create a company for lithium extraction. With an anti-neoliberalist overtone and speaking of sovereignty, he affirmed lithium is owned by the Mexican people, and that no foreign countries are to have it.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. received in December 17, 2021, a 12 year extension on its environmental impact authorization for the San Jose Mine in Oaxaca. On January 28, 2022 received a notice form SEMARNAT stating a typographical mistake, by which the term of the permit would be reduced from twelve to two years. Minera Cuzcatan (Fortuna’s subsidiary) “has initiated legal proceedings in the Federal Court to challenge and revoke said typographical error and to reconfirm the 12 year extension period granted by SEMARNAT in December 2021”.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp. announced the commencement of the maiden drill program at its Sonora Gold property in Sonora. The drill rig is currently working on the fourth of 34 planned holes on the Sonora Copper, Caracahui, El Fierro and La Salada areas. A 10,000 m induced polarization and resistivity geophysical survey covers the Sonora Copper, El Fierro, Caracahui, El Crestado, El Tanque, Las Antenas and La Salada areas. Benjamin Hill Mining paid a posthumous tribute to its Special Advisor David Jones: “He shared his knowledge and experience freely to the profession and to society, with honest exuberance to advance the development of economic projects, boosting local economies in the Americas and the around the world. Some of his projects have become mines that have positively impacted our world, socially and economically, proving himself one of the best economic geologists of modern times”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. released surface sample results from its Pilar project in Sonora. Of 59 samples, 21 returned over 0.5 gpt Au, defining several new areas to be drilled. The Main Zone was expanded with up to 9.2 gpt Au, 279 gpt Ag in a silicified quartz vein breccia, the 4-T Trend was extended to the southeast with values of up to 6.6 gpt Au, 433 gpt Ag and a new vein corridor over 200 m long is highlighted by samples of up to 523 gpt Ag, 1.3 gpt Au and additional mineralization 300 m to the south returned up to 3.1 gpt Au, 27 gpt Ag.
  • Southern Empire Resources Corp. updated on drilling of the Pedro project in Durango. Three holes have been completed totaling 421 m, and a fourth is in progress. Core review “suggests zones of up to 70 m of moderately silicified, limestone dominated conglomerate with zones of up to 20 m (core length) exhibiting disseminated and vein controlled arsenical minerals including orpiment and realgar”. Historical drilling by Newmont produced intervals of up to 5.55 m @ 0.59 gpt Au.

ON MINING

  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. presented its Q4 2021 report. At its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua, 3,140 tonnes were mined, 5,099 tonnes brought to the surface and 4,592 tonnes processed, grading 13.4% Zn, 7.1% Pb, 41 gpt Ag, recovering 77.1 % Zn, 37.8% Pb, to produce 377 tonnes Zn, 112 tonnes Pb in concentrate. The mining rate was affected by the flooding of stopes related to failures on pumping and generator equipments. “Access to the under-water stopes should be re-established during February 2022”. The company continues with the exploration of the Mina Mexico and the Juarez mine prospects within the project area.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. presented production numbers on the last two months of 2021 and exploration highlights at El Cubo and Pinguico properties in Guanajuato. During November and December 2021, 238 K Oz AgEq were produced, resulting from the mining of 76 K tonnes from El Cubo and the El Pinguico above ground stockpile, of which 33 K tonnes were milled in December. Metallurgical recoveries for material from Pinguico averaged 74% Au, 72% Ag. The company completed 6,800 m of drilling at El Pinguico and El Cubo, and plans to complete over 22,000 m in 2022.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported operating results for Q4, 2021. At Zimapan, in Hidalgo, 192.9 K tonnes were processed @ 76 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb, 2.26% Zn, 0.35% Cu (or 184 gpt AgEq), recovering 67.2% Ag, to produce 318.4 K Oz Ag, 1,012 tonnes Pb, 3,442 tonnes Zn, 488 tonnes Cu (or 842 K Oz AgEq), to reach 691.4 K Oz Ag, 3,659 tonnes Pb, 12,101 tonnes Zn, 1,820 tonnes Cu (or 3.11 M Oz AgEq) in the year. At the Rosario mine in San Luis Potosi, operations were suspended in Q3, 2021, resulting on an annual processing of 39 K tonnes @ 53 gpt Ag, 0.17 gpt Au, 0.29% Pb, 1.46% Zn, recovering 79% Ag, to produce 52.3 K Oz Ag, 132 Oz Au, 88 tonnes Pb, 417 tonnes Zn (or 107.7 K Oz AgEq).

ON FINANCING

  • Defiance Silver Corp. granted incentive stock options to certain directors and officers covering 1.76 M common shares (Zacatecas project, Zacatecas).
  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp. completed the over-subscribed private placement announced on December 17, 2021, for gross proceeds of $2.1 M (Sonora Gold project, Sonora).
  • Barksdale Resources Corp. closed the previously announced non-brokered private placement of US$1.75 M.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Defiance Silver Corp. has recommenced drilling at the Zacatecas project in Zacatecas. The general exploration program in 2022 will focus on testing prospective regional targets at Lucita, Tahuares, and Veta Grande. Over 3,000 m of drilling have been completed on the Lucita land package, and 4,500 m of drilling are planned on Tahuares and the central Lucita land package. “Results from the 2020-2021 phase of drilling in the Veta Grande resource area successfully demonstrated the down-dip and lateral continuity of the mineralized Veta Grande vein system below the current resource estimate”.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. released good drilling results from the San Marcial area of the Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 29.1 m @ 299 gpt Ag, 0.04 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn (including 5.0 m @ 614 gpt Ag, 0.02 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn); 1.6 m @ 1,091 gpt Ag, 0.06 gpt Au, 1.4% Pb, 1.8% Zn; 13.0 m @ 58 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn. “Large sections of the mineralized body are hosted by brecciated rock units above the main San Marcial Breccia body …….. related to late-stage quartz-calcite-sulphide veining which post-dates the San Marcial Breccia”.  These intercepts are 420 m below the surface and 170 m down dip from the current resource.
  • Discovery Silver Corp. outlined the 2022 work program and budget for its Cordero project in Chihuahua. The company plans to drill 55,000 meters in 2022, of which 25,000 m are to be in the reserve-resource definition and engineering of the prefeasibility study, 14,000 m on resource growth and 16,000 m in the initial drill testing of five new targets within the property: Sanson, Dos Mil Diez, Molina del Viento, Porfido Norte and La Perla.
  • GoGold Resources Corp. released results from six holes sunk at El Favor East within the Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 10.5 m @ 0.05 gpt Au, 72.3 gpt Ag; 3.4 m @ 0.68 gpt Au, 101 gpt Ag; 26.3 m @ 0.43 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag (including 12.4 m @ 0.79 gpt Au, 184 gpt Ag); 25.7 m @ 1.55 gpt Au, 776 gpt Ag (including 4.3 m @ 8.65 gpt Au, 4,164 gpt Ag); 5.1 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 69 gpt Ag; 8.1 m @ 0.46 gpt Au, 90 gpt Ag; 3.7 m @ 0.34 gpt Au, 158 gpt Ag; 63.6 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 109 gpt Ag (including 2.9 m @ 2.36 gpt Au, 1,109 gpt Ag.

  • Candelaria Mining Corp. received the permit for its infill drilling program at Pinos, Zacatecas. “The drilling will seek to validate recently updated structural interpretations of the distribution of higher-grade mineralization, together with some additional holes in other high-grade veins in different parts of the mineralized system”.
  • Candelaria Mining Corp. submitted in late December 2021 a drill permit application for its Caballo Blanco project in Veracruz. “This initial Phase 1 drilling program will comprise approximately 7,000m and provide the first tests of each of the high priority targets within the highly prospective gold-copper epithermal / porphyry district. A second phase will then build upon these results, and also include resource expansion drilling at the most advanced PEA-level project within the region, La Paila”. Candelaria expects to drill between 14,000 and 15,000 m during 2022.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Commander Resources Ltd. provided an update on drilling (above, on the exploration bullets) of the Pedro project which is being explored by partner Southern Empire Resources Corp. in Durango. Southern Empire is earning a 100% interest for $700 K staged over four payments in three years and 100 K shares, with work expenditures of $1.5 M. Commander is to retain a 2% NSR royalty with no buy-back clause.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Quartz veining in deformed intrusive rocks in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.