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Canaccord Sponsors Junior Mining Forum, Vancouver, October 14

With gold having broken through the historic $1,300-an-ounce barrier, investors are showing a renewed interest in junior miners, the companies that actually find the gold. But how can investors discern the best junior miners from the rest? What sets the successful junior apart? What does an analyst look at when choosing a junior miner?

With these questions in mind, David Kearnes, Senior Investment Adviser, Canaccord Wealth Management, is sponsoring the Junior Mining Forum in Vancouver, Thursday, October 14, at the Pan Pacific Hotel’s Crystal Pavilion Ballroom at 5.30 pm.

The Canaccord Junior Resource Forum comes at a particularly appropriate time, given the excitement which is beginning to surround the junior resource sector. This excitement was given tangible expression in a major story in the Globe and Mail September 28: “Gold Communities buzzing as prices soar,” by David Parkinson.

According to the Globe,

Financiers and entrepreneurs in this country’s mining-investment hot spots–Toronto and Vancouver–say their summer doldrums have given way to a renewed fundraising fervour. Phones have started ringing, restaurants have started filling and investors have started coming out of the woodwork looking to do deals.

The rise of the price of gold, the Globe reports, “has focused eyes on opportunities to get in on the golden action, as investors salivate over bullion’s bullish outlook combined with still-depressed valuations of gold stocks, particularly at the junior end of the sector.”

The Globe concludes that “the junior gold firms have become a focus of attention, largely because their stock valuations look extraordinarily cheap.”

Speakers at the Junior Mining Forum will include the CEOs: Jim O’Rourke of Copper Mountain Mining Corporation, Bruce Bragagnolo of Timmins Gold Corp and Charles Pitcher of United Mining Group, as well as a senior mining analyst from Canaccord. The Forum gives investors the opportunity to learn about three companies that started from scratch and built themselves into either producers or near-term producers.

Each company will give a 15-minute presentation, to be followed by questions and answers. Canaccord is well placed to sponsor this Forum, because the junior resource sector is one of the areas Canaccord specializes in. In addition, they provide research coverage on Timmins and Copper Mountain and we have participated in financing all three companies.

For David Kearnes of Canaccord, the Junior Mining Conference presents a prime opportunity for investors to familiarize themselves with a sector that is clearly on the move. It will be of particular value for investors looking at companies that are very close to production but have not yet had institutional research coverage.

Resource Clips is a media partner of the Junior Mining Forum and will be providing news and articles on the participating companies prior to the conference.

The 2010 Junior Mining Forum
October 14, 2010 – 5.30 pm
Crystal Pavilion Ballroom, Pan Pacific Hotel
999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Attendance is limited to 500
Seating is first come, first served
RSVP to attend!
Or call 604-643-7724

Southern Andes CEO Nick Tintor on the creation of Caracara Mining

September 29th, 2010

“Southern Andes’ main focus is in the Macusani camp and uranium exploration. When we took over control and management at the end of May, early June of this year, we saw that in the portfolio there were these assets that—three or four years ago didn’t have a lot interest—but that have a heck of a lot of interest today at $21 an ounce silver and the increased value of zinc and lead. So we created Caracara Mining that holds these assets—to spin them out to our shareholders—and since then we’ve added more ground and did a vendor deal to expand that footprint portfolio in silver and zinc.”

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Intrepid reports Indonesia Inferred Resources: 2.1MT copper, 8M oz gold

September 29th, 2010

IAU:CA reported an initial inferred resource of 500 million tonnes at 0.4% copper and 0.5 g/t gold—2.1 million tonnes of copper, 8 million ounces gold, at a cut-off grade of 0.2% copper, for the known porphyry-copper-gold zone of Tumpangpitu area at its Tujuh Bukit Project, Indonesia. Drilling continues with five rigs at the site.

CEO Brad Gordon said: “This inaugural porphyry resource estimate firmly identifies Tujuh Bukit as potentially a world-class copper-gold project. It has already delivered beyond our expectations, and we look forward to continuing to extend the as-yet undefined boundaries of this system. It’s still early days for us, but we are aggressively advancing both the sulphide and oxide components of this exceptional project and, with $40 million in the bank, we remain well funded.”
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Contact:
Brad Gordon,
CEO,
61 7 3007 8011
or 905.337.7673

by Ted Niles

Southern Andes Energy forms Subsidiary to develop Peru Projects

September 29th, 2010

SUR:CA announced the creation of a wholly-owned subsidiary, Carcara Mining Inc., to advance and develop its silver-zinc-lead projects in southern Peru. In consideration of its four projects, including 10,000 hectares recently staked at Princesa-Pilunani, Caracara will issue a total of 3 million common shares over a two year period, in addition to making cash payments of $500,000.

CEO of Southern Andes Nick Tintor told ResourceClips.com, “Southern Andes’ main focus is in the Macusani camp and uranium exploration. When we took over control and management at the end of May, early June of this year, we saw that in the portfolio there were these assets that—three or four years ago didn’t have a lot interest—but that have a heck of a lot of interest today at $21 an ounce silver and the increased value of zinc and lead. So we created Caracara Mining that holds these assets—to spin them out to our shareholders—and since then we’ve added more ground and did a vendor deal to expand that footprint portfolio in silver and zinc.”
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Contact:
Nick Tintor,
President/CEO,
416.987.0855

by Ted Niles

VG Gold’s President/CEO Tom Meredith on merging with Lexam Explorations

September 29th, 2010

“The merger will be beneficial because we do have very attractive projects with a significant amount of exploration potential that require strong funding. Merging with Lexam allows us to become Rob McEwen’s new Ontario gold company. As you know, he started Gold Corp and then he was at Rubicon Minerals, and so VG becomes his next Ontario gold project. The combination of the two companies brings together a very good asset package and a very good relationship with Rob McEwen.”

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VG Gold and Lexam Explorations to merge

September 29th, 2010

VG:CA and Lexam Explorations LEX:CA announced that they have reached an agreement in principle to merge. The Plan of Arrangement would provide common shareholders of VG with one common share of the combined company for every share currently held. Lexam common shareholders would receive 2.1 shares of the combined company. Chairman/CEO of Lexam Rob McEwen will become the Chairman of the combined company, and President/CEO of VG, Tom Meredith, will continue to hold those positions. The merged company will focus on the Timmins mining camp in Northern Ontario.

President/CEO of VG Gold Tom Meredith told ResourceClips.com, “The merger will be beneficial because we do have very attractive projects with a significant amount of exploration potential that require strong funding. Merging with Lexam allows us to become Rob McEwen’s new Ontario gold company. As you know, he started Gold Corp and then he was at Rubicon Minerals, and so VG becomes his next Ontario gold project. The combination of the two companies brings together a very good asset package and a very good relationship with Rob McEwen.”
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Contact:
Lexam Exporations,
Investor Relations,
647.258.0395

or VG Gold Corp.
Tom Meredith,
President/CEO,
416.368.0099

by Ted Niles

US Silver closes $6.9M Private Placement to fund Idaho Silver Mine

September 29th, 2010

USA:CA announced the closing of its $6.9 million private placement with Cormark Securities Inc. An aggregate of 26,565,000 units were issued at $0.26 per, including 3,465,000 units issued under the underwriter’s over-allotment option.

US Silver paid the underwriter, Cormark, a cash commission equal to 6% of the gross proceeds of the offering. US Silver plans to use the net proceeds of the private placement for redevelopment of the Coeur Mine in the Silver Valley, Idaho, and for general working capital purposes.
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Contact:
Tom Parker,
CEO,
208.752.0400

or Chris Hopkins,
CFO,
416.907.9539

by Ted Niles

Sandspring increases Private Placement to $45M

September 28th, 2010

SSP:CA announced that it has increased its recent private placement by $5.04 million. The offering will now include an additional 1,923,077 common shares, at $2.60 per, for a total of 17,323,077 common shares for gross proceeds of $45,040,000.

Sandspring has granted to the underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase an additional 2,310,000 common shares for additional gross proceeds up to $6,006,000. Sandspring intends to use the proceeds to fund exploration and development of the its Toroparu deposit, Guyana, and for general corporate purposes. The offering is scheduled to close on or about October 14.
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Contact:
Abraham Drost,
President/Director,
807.252.7800

by Ted Niles

Everything (G)old is New Again

September 28th, 2010

Romarco makes a major find in South Carolina

By Kevin Michael Grace

In gold rush times, when nuggets as big as footballs were strewn across riverbeds, miners were an opportunistic lot. They came in great numbers, took what they could and then moved on to the next find. Today, mining companies are discovering to their delight that the old timers had, quite literally, barely scratched the surface. In South Carolina, Romarco Minerals Inc. has found what President and CEO Diane Garrett calls “one of the most significant discoveries in our industry in the last 10 years”—already 4.2 million ounces indicated and inferred.

Haile Gold Mine

The South Carolina gold rush began in 1827; a year later, Colonel Benjamin Haile sent gold to the US Mint in Philadelphia. Haile established a mine in 1837, just outside Kershaw, SC, about 40 miles southeast of Charlotte. The Haile Gold Mine later furnished gold to the Confederacy before being destroyed by General William Tecumseh Sherman during his March to the Sea.

The Haile family was dispossessed, and his mine languished until the 1880s, when it was revived by new techniques introduced by the legendary German mining engineer Adolf Thies. Under the management of Thies and his sons, Haile became the largest gold producer in the eastern United States. It closed in 1912, four years after a catastrophic explosion.

The last gold production in the area was in 1999, about 12 miles away at Kennecott’s Ridgeway Mine. The Haile property was acquired by Piedmont and joint ventured by Amax Gold, before being bought by Kinross. Diane Garrett and Romarco became interested in it in 2006, after being tipped by one of her geologists, and Romarco bought it in October 2007.

Since January 2008, Garrett says, “We’ve basically been drilling 24 hours a day: about 800 holes, over 200,000 metres.” All that drilling—there are nine rigs now operating—has paid off. A December 2009 NI 43-1010 estimate disclosed 1.47 million ounces measured, 697,000 thousand ounces indicated and 2 million ounces inferred. “But that was a year ago,” Garrett points out, “so it’s quite a bit out of date.”

Especially since the discovery of the Horseshoe Zone. The latest assay results from Horseshoe, released September 20, revealed 46.5 gold per tonne over 19.2 metres and 25.3 gold per tonne over 16.8 metres. Romarco will issue a revised estimate in a month and a feasibility study regarding production early in 2011.

Garrett anticipates production beginning in late 2012: “about 7,000 tons a day, which will yield about 150,000 ounces a year.” She reports that Haile is blessed not only with great resources but also with great infrastructure: “We are right off a paved road, and have power—both nuclear and hydro; this was part of the Tennessee Valley Authority power grid. There are a lot of textile mills in the area which have closed, so there is plenty of excess power available and plenty of water as well.”

The deposit we have is still open in all directions and at depth –Diane Garrett

But what most excites Diane Garrett about Haile is that there is every indication that further exploration will reveal more gold. “We now recognize that we’re in a very prolific area for gold, and we’ve found through our drilling that the deposit that we have is still open in all directions and at depth,” she concludes. “The evidence of what we’ve done is reflected in our stock price. We’ve grown from a very small junior company to over a billion-dollar company today, and that’s been in just three years.”