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Newfoundland newly found

June 26th, 2017

Jon Armes of Kapuskasing Gold talks with Isabel Belger about zinc, copper and cobalt

 

Jon Armes of Kapuskasing Gold talks with Isabel Belger about zinc, copper and cobalt

Isabel Belger

Isabel: I would like to introduce Jon Armes, the president and CEO of Kapuskasing Gold TSXV:KAP. Jon, good to see you again. Tell us something about your background to start with.

Jon: Hi Isabel, good to see you too. I started in the mineral exploration business back in 1993 as an investor relations consultant. I spent the better part of 10 years working for various companies exploring for gold and precious metals as well as base metals and diamonds.

In the mid-2000s I ended up working in the field alongside a couple of different geologists and spent time managing drill programs, splitting drill core, prospecting and assisting in the staking of claims. I also helped structure some companies—bringing project opportunities and public companies together.

In 2010 I was given the opportunity to run a junior exploration company called Lakeland Resources. That company merged with Alpha Exploration in late 2015 and became ALX Uranium [TSXV:AL]. I remained as president until October of 2016 after concluding a transaction with Denison [TSX:DML] on behalf of ALX.

I was appointed president of Kapuskasing Gold in February of 2016. We carried out some drilling last summer on a gold project in Timmins, Ontario, but unfortunately did not intersect anything of significance in that campaign. Since that time I have been looking for the right opportunity or opportunities to bring in to the Kapuskasing property portfolio. The Newfoundland property package seemed like the right fit, and since then we have done some consolidating to the original acquisitions announced on March 1, 2017, and then more recently added the Daniel’s Harbour zinc property to the property portfolio. The copper-cobalt projects are the Lady Pond property and the King’s Court property. The lack of systematic testing for cobalt gave rise to these properties being so interesting because, the few times cobalt was tested for, there were several anomalous values. I particularly like the short- and longer-term outlook for both copper and zinc, and these copper-cobalt projects also provide a polymetallic exposure that includes cobalt, gold and silver.

Isabel: Congratulations on your recent zinc property acquisition in Newfoundland, the Daniel’s Harbour property. What intrigued you about this project?

Jon Armes of Kapuskasing Gold talks with Isabel Belger about zinc, copper and cobalt

With breathtaking geography and bountiful geology, the Rock
and neighbouring Labrador hold potential for Kapuskasing.

Jon: The opportunity to acquire a project that was a past-producer is always an interesting one. There is an old saying in the mining business that the best place to look for a mine or a deposit is in the “shadow of a headframe.” The Mississippi Valley-type nature of these zinc deposits is also intriguing because of the difficulty in finding them. Typically they are found in an outcrop as was the case for the majority of the lenses that were mined out between 1975 and 1990. I am of the belief that there is an opportunity to find more of these lenses within the boundary of the current Daniel’s Harbour zinc property. The fact that Altius [TSX:ALS] has acquired a significant land position within the immediate area of this project only helps to reaffirm my belief. We will do some compilation of the historic work and more recent exploration on the property and incorporate some out-of-the-box thinking on how to employ some geophysics that have either not been used before or perhaps some re-interpretation. Another aspect could be a ground prospecting program that may identify an outcrop or showing on the property that has yet to be found.

Isabel: What are your exploration plans for the coming months?

Jon: Kapuskasing is currently undertaking a small financing to assist in getting things going both on the Daniel’s Harbour property and the Lady Pond copper-cobalt project. As mentioned, the first things for Daniel’s Harbour would be some data compilation and to identify some geophysical techniques to help identify some drill targets.

The Lady Pond copper-cobalt property has a drill-ready target area called the Twin Pond prospect, recently acquired to complete the consolidation of the original Lady Pond property package. We have also staked several claims to cover additional historic showings of copper-cobalt-gold and silver. The Twin Pond prospect has a non-43-101 resource of approximately one million tonnes grading 1% copper, and looks to be open in all directions. [We hope to increase this resource] with a properly designed drill program—ideally in the coming months with the right funding and availability of service companies to carry out the work.

In the immediate area of Lady Pond, there are several past-producing mines and undeveloped prospects that could turn into economic deposits…. Rambler Metals [TSXV:RAB] has several projects and properties in this area, including the Little Deer project contiguous to our Lady Pond property. There is potential with the right combination of funding and exploration success for Kapuskasing to find more than one of these deposits within the Lady Pond property, having had a good start with the Twin Pond prospect.

Isabel: How much of Kapuskasing is held by the management?

Jon: Currently insiders and parties close to the company own approximately 20% of the issued and outstanding shares. Typically the insiders participate in the financings, as will be the case in this one. We are currently looking to raise up to $750,000 in a combination of flow-through and common shares. We hope to close a first tranche financing in the coming weeks to begin deploying exploration capital.

Isabel: What is your favourite commodity besides the ones in your company?

Kapuskasing will be in a great position to take advantage of not just one but several commodity price spikes, the first of which I think will be in both copper and zinc. —Jon Armes

Jon: I do like both copper and zinc, as evidenced by the recent acquisitions. The battery technology metals are also interesting—with cobalt and lithium leading the latest charge. People forget that electricity needs copper. Wires transport the electricity from batteries and generators to the tool or outlet. I consider copper to be the most important metal for the energy metal sector. We have cobalt as a possible byproduct of the two main polymetallic projects in the Lady Pond and King’s Court projects, along with gold, silver and zinc. Kapuskasing will be in a great position to take advantage of not just one but several commodity price spikes, the first of which I think will be in both copper and zinc.

Isabel: What do you like most about your job?

Jon: I like the multifaceted aspects of running a junior exploration program; there never seems to be a dull moment. I get to meet a lot of different people in the mining and finance industry, the prospectors that generate the project ideas, and the service people that ultimately carry out the exploration of the projects with our team of geologists and technicians. The most exciting times are when we are actually carrying out a drill program. It is drilling that ultimately leads to discovery.

Isabel: That is right. Good talking to you Jon, and good luck with the drill program.

Jon: Thank you.

 

Jon Armes of Kapuskasing Gold talks with Isabel Belger about zinc, copper and cobalt

Jon Armes
president/CEO of
Kapuskasing Gold

Bio

Jonathan Armes, also known as Jon, has been the CEO and president of Kapuskasing Gold since February 9, 2016, and a director since October 8, 2014. Jon Armes has been a consultant of ALX Uranium since October 2016. Jon Armes served as the president/CEO of ALX Uranium (formerly, Lakeland Resources) from August 12, 2010, until October 2016. He has provided corporate development and investor relations services to mining exploration companies for over 15 years including Band-Ore Resources (which became part of Lake Shore Gold, which in turn joined Tahoe Resources TSX:THO) and Trelawney Mining and Exploration, an IAMGOLD TSX:IMG takeover. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1993 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

Fun facts

My hobbies: Fishing, hockey and music
Sources of news I use: News apps on my phone
My favourite airport: Vancouver
My favourite commodities: Copper, gold, zinc, cobalt
My favourite tradeshow: PDAC
With this person I would like to have dinner: Warren Buffet (talking about philanthropy, investing and life)
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Seeing into the future


Read more about Kapuskasing Gold.

The Greenwood renaissance

June 23rd, 2017

Golden Dawn Minerals moves to revive the historic B.C. mining camp

by Greg Klein

It’s a case of one bold decision leading to another. Among the companies that saw opportunity during the downturn, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM began picking up past-producers, assembling a cluster of properties radiating around a mill in south-central British Columbia’s fabled Greenwood mining district. Now, with a recently released PEA and some of the permits in place, the company’s ready to boldly venture into trial mining sans feasibility.

Company adviser George Sookochoff credits president/CEO Wolf Wiese with being “very aggressive in making deals, acquiring properties and putting together this fantastic package. Now that markets are looking better, he’s already got his projects and financing lined up.”

Golden Dawn Minerals moves to revive the historic B.C. mining camp

Golden Dawn’s mill plays a vital role in the
company’s plans to re-activate the past-producing mines.

So extensive is Golden Dawn’s portfolio that it reads more like a catalogue. But the initial focal points constitute a mill with three nearby past-producers: the Lexington-Grenoble gold-copper, Golden Crown gold-copper and May Mac gold-silver-lead-zinc mines. The company’s crushing-grinding-gravity-flotation mill and tailings facility has a 212-tpd capacity expandable to 400 tpd. Built in 2007, it’s been on care and maintenance since the end of 2008.

“The mill is key to the potential success of this economic model,” Sookochoff explains. “It enables us to mine and process smaller deposits. We’ll find bigger deposits if they’re there but we could keep feeding the mill with these smaller deposits. All these projects are within 15 kilometres of the mill.”

With the advantages of refurbishable infrastructure straddling a highway 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, the PEA calculates a very high after-tax IRR of 103.4% and NPV of $19.7 million. Capex would come to $27.2 million, including pre-production costs of $3.4 million spent over six months. Payback would come in 1.4 years, while the life of mine would be 4.6 years.

The limited lifespan, of course, highlights the importance of resource expansion, Sookochoff emphasizes.

This week the company announced provincial approval to re-activate Lexington and the mill. The 2,020-hectare Lexington property had its underground infrastructure expanded by a previous operator that mined the project from April to December 2008, producing 5,486 ounces of gold, 3,247 ounces of silver and 860,259 pounds of copper that was processed at the Greenwood mill. Using a 3.5 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff, Lexington has a 2016 resource showing:

  • measured: 58,000 tonnes averaging 6.98 g/t gold, 1.1% copper and 8.63 g/t gold-equivalent for 16,100 gold-equivalent ounces

  • indicated: 314,000 tonnes averaging 6.38 g/t gold, 1.04% copper and 7.94 g/t gold-equivalent for 80,200 gold-equivalent ounces

  • inferred: 12,000 tonnes averaging 4.42 g/t gold, 1.03% copper and 5.96 g/t gold-equivalent for 2,300 gold-equivalent ounces

At Golden Crown, meanwhile, permitting is in process for surface drilling to upgrade the resource and test for extensions. The 1,017-hectare property underwent small-scale underground gold-copper mining early last century and extensive exploration on and off since then. Using a 3.5 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff, Golden Crown’s 2016 resource shows:

  • indicated: 163,000 tonnes averaging 11.09 g/t gold, 0.56% copper and 11.93 g/t gold-equivalent for 62,500 gold-equivalent ounces

  • inferred: 42,000 tonnes averaging 9.04 g/t gold, 0.43% copper and 9.68 g/t gold-equivalent for 13,100 gold-equivalent ounces

May Mac also has permit applications under review, these ones for underground drifting, drilling and bulk sampling. A previous round of underground drilling wrapped up in spring, resulting in high-grade silver-gold-base metals assays. Surface drilling continues.

But Golden Dawn’s very extensive assets—again, all proximal to the mill—offer additional potential to keep the facility busy beyond the PEA’s timespan. Among them are 29 former mines covering 11,000 hectares that came with the January acquisition of Kettle River Resources. One focus is the former Phoenix mine that reportedly gave up around 500 million pounds of copper and nearly one million ounces of gold. Sookochoff, a database specialist, has been poring over something like a century’s worth of files including approximately 3,000 maps and 500 reports.

In the last few years especially, junior companies have been able to acquire so much data that it’s a challenge to handle it efficiently.—George Sookochoff
Golden Dawn Minerals adviser

“In the last few years especially, junior companies have been able to acquire so much data that it’s a challenge to handle it efficiently,” he says. Nevertheless, after compiling the archives and incorporating new exploration data, he hopes to see some “deeper-seated feeder systems” underlying the shallow former mines.

Phoenix has deep-penetration airborne VTEM planned for September, he says. “If we get a strong anomaly coincident with a former mine, we’ll know that’s a mineralized geophysical signature and we’ll look for similar signatures around the property. This should be extremely valuable to identify larger systems deeper down, or even smaller ones closer to surface.”

Additional potential, not covered by the PEA, could come from Washington state. Earlier this month Golden Dawn announced an LOI for the Lone Star copper-gold property just across the border and contiguous with Lexington. With “material that looks very suitable to our mill,” the 234-hectare property would come with a 2007 estimate that the company considers non-43-101:

  • indicated: 63,000 tonnes averaging 1.28 g/t gold and 2.3% copper for 2,600 ounces gold and 3.19 million pounds copper

  • inferred: 682,000 tonnes averaging 1.46 g/t gold and 2% copper for 32,000 ounces gold and 30.07 million pounds copper

Big plans notwithstanding, Golden Dawn’s not immune to the typical junior hope that a senior might come knocking. The Greenwood camp’s largest landholder is Kinross Gold TSX:K. As the company’s Buckhorn mine close to the B.C. border in Washington state nears depletion, Kinross might look for other convenient assets to keep its Kettle River mill in operation, Sookochoff suggests. That might make some of Golden Dawn’s primarily gold assets attractive, although the high-grade copper projects would be more suitable for the Greenwood mill, he says.

As a native of Grand Forks, about a half-hour drive east, Sookochoff says the region shows strong community support for mining. A packed open house held in December went very well, he adds, and the company enjoys “very positive relations with the Osoyoos Indian Band. They’re very supportive, very pro-business.”

Earlier this month Golden Dawn closed the final tranche of a private placement totalling $1.76 million. In February the company closed a gold purchase agreement that brought in US$4 million. That same month the company received a US$1-million increase in a convertible security that began the previous August at US$2.4 million. Even with the caveat that the company intends to proceed without feasibility-level de-risking, the PEA allows Golden Dawn to return to the market “with a stronger story now,” says Sookochoff.

‘Grade is king’

June 14th, 2017

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

 

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Isabel Belger

Isabel: This week I would like to introduce you to the president and CEO of Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU, Kenneth Lapierre. Hi Ken, good to see you again. Let’s start with you telling a bit more about your background and what brought you into the industry.

Ken: It’s great to see you again as well Isabel, and thanks for this opportunity to reach out to people who are interested in knowing a little bit about Rockcliff.

It’s amazing to look back from when I first started in this business in the 1970s in Timmins, Ontario. I was amazed at the exploration and mining in that city with “the heart of gold.” For me, becoming a geologist was something I seriously thought about as a teenager. Hunting for “buried treasure” had an instant appeal for me back then and that appeal, attraction and passion is still with me today 40 years later. What has now drawn me to central Manitoba is the untapped potential of finding mines in a proven mining camp with some of the highest-grade base metal-gold deposits and mines in the world. As a geologist, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Isabel: Rockcliff Copper’s land position is in Manitoba with a focus on copper, gold and zinc. Could you give a little overview about the work you did there up to now—results, what makes the projects really exciting, etc.?

Ken: Our ultimate goal is to become mine finders. It’s what drives us and fuels our passion to go to work every day looking for that “buried treasure.” To that end, we have been in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake mining camp for the past 10 years, have spent over $20 million in exploration, drilled over 80,000 metres in a mining camp with excellent infrastructure including operating mines and mills. Our Snow Lake project is now significantly de-risked for our shareholders. We now control eight of the highest-grade unmined base metal deposits (gold and silver-rich copper and zinc) in the Snow Lake mining camp. One of those deposits is nearing a production decision at the end of 2017 and, if proven positive, could generate a royalty stream of millions of dollars over its mine life to Rockcliff. We also control Manitoba’s first and highest-grade former gold mine in the camp. For us, there is no better place to find high-grade mines than in Manitoba, which is presently ranked as the #2 jurisdiction in the world for exploration, mining and investment. There is peace of mind in knowing that the discovery made will ultimately benefit our shareholders with assurance that ownership and title to your land is never in question.

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Isabel: What is the most exciting thing happening for Rockcliff at the moment?

Ken: I believe that grade is king in our business. The higher the grade, the better chance of a deposit becoming a mine. The remainder of 2017, Rockcliff will balance the focus on drilling its highest-grade copper deposit (Talbot), its highest-grade zinc deposit (Bur) and its highest-grade gold property (Laguna). We feel very confident that we will have success through the drill bit and we will have exciting news with positive drill results for 2017 and into 2018.

Isabel: What are your plans for the next three to six months?

Ken: Drilling is the key to discovery and our plans are fairly straightforward: prepare the highest-grade deposits (Talbot, Bur and Laguna) for drilling. Drilling leads to discovery and discovery leads to advancement of our assets.

Isabel: How much money do you have in the bank right now?

Ken: We presently have $1 million in our treasury.

Isabel: For how long can you work with that?

Ken: We can work with that well into 2018 if needed.

Isabel: Where do you see the gold price until the end of 2017? And what about the zinc and copper prices?

Ken: It’s very difficult to predict where prices will be at the end of 2017, so I’ll leave that to the experts. However, I believe most people would agree that every day that goes by we consume more metal around the world. These are finite commodities so as each day passes the supply/demand fundamentals become more and more out of balance, especially with the added pressure of a growing population. I believe that both of our base metals (copper and zinc) are or will be in significant deficit soon, and for this reason I believe both commodities will continue to rise in price and we are beginning to see this now. Gold is a haven for comfort in a world that is distracted and uncertain. I believe gold will continue to rise over time.

Isabel: What do you like most about this job?

Ken: That’s a curious question to answer for me. I’ve always believed people who are passionate about what they do don’t really have a job, but are fulfilling a dream. Yes, I know that sounds silly, but I do enjoy coming to work each day and justifying my “job” and my responsibility to my shareholders.

Isabel: What do you find is the hardest part of your job?

Ken: Time. We are in a volume business and we must find the best land to make a discovery and prove a mine’s worth in the shortest time possible… and it’s a big world to hunt for that treasure! It simply takes time to do that, and to educate the public and the shareholders of that one simple fact is, well, difficult. Today’s world is “instant everything.” However, it takes time in this business where one needs to focus on a strategic, scientific and systematic approach to success. Those with patience for this business will benefit the most!

Isabel: Thank you for taking the time, Ken! Always good to talk to you.

 

Isabel Belger interviews Kenneth Lapierre of Rockcliff Copper

Kenneth J. Lapierre
president/CEO of Rockcliff Copper

Bio

Kenneth J. Lapierre, P.Geo., is a professional geologist and a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario who graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1983. He was the founder, director and president/CEO of Rockcliff Resources since its inception in 2005 until its merger with Solvista Gold in 2015, and now Rockcliff Copper. Prior to that Mr. Lapierre held management positions as president/CEO of JML Resources (2001 to 2006) and vice-president of exploration with Mustang Minerals (1996 to 2006), Findore Minerals (1987 to 1995) and Tyranex Gold (1986 to 1989). Mr. Lapierre has over 30 years of experience in exploration, discovery, production and mining in base and precious metals across North and South America.

Fun facts

My hobbies: Search for buried treasures 24/7/365
Sources of news I use: Internet, newspapers, app, TV
My favourite airport: Flin Flon, Manitoba
My favourite commodity: Copper, gold, zinc, H2O
My favourite tradeshow: PDAC, Cambridge show in Vancouver
With this person I would like to have dinner: My wife and kids
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Two wishes with the last wish being two more wishes!

Recent news: Rockcliff Copper readies for gold exploration on three of its northern Manitoba projects.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper.

Castle Silver Resources samples 1.8% cobalt and 8.6% nickel at former silver mine

June 12th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 12, 2017

High-grade silver distracted previous operators of Ontario’s Castle mine from high-grade cobalt and nickel, says the current project operator. Among the evidence are initial chip sample results from an underground program at Castle Silver Resources’ (TSXV:CSR) property, about 80 kilometres northwest of the historic Cobalt camp. The first five samples averaged 1.06% cobalt, 5.3% nickel and 17.5 g/t silver, with the three best assays showing:

  • 1.8% cobalt, 8.6% nickel and 25.2 g/t silver

  • 1.6% cobalt, 7.6% nickel and 32 g/t silver

  • 0.81% cobalt, 5.9% nickel and 4.1 g/t silver
Castle Silver Resources samples 1.8% cobalt and 8.6% nickel at former silver mine

Pinkish alteration reveals cobalt mineralization
just inside an adit at the former Castle silver mine.

The samples were selective “and should not be considered representative of the mineralization hosted within the target area,” the company pointed out. The samples were composites taken from a 200-kilogram bulk sample extracted a short distance inside the adit.

As reported last week, the remainder will go through the company’s proprietary Re-2OX hydrometallurgical process to produce cobalt powder samples for battery manufacturers.

Castle Silver has also been testing Re-2OX for its recycling potential in recovering lithium-cobalt from Li-ion batteries. The process “is designed for high recovery of multiple metals and elements, opening opportunities that simply didn’t exist decades ago at this mine or throughout the northern Ontario silver-cobalt district,” said president/CEO Frank Basa.

The 3,252-hectare project’s former mine consists of “11 levels covering a footprint 727 metres east-west, 455 metres north-south and 258 metres deep,” he added.

Lying under much of the property is the 300‐metre-thick Nipissing diabase intrusive, which Castle Silver interprets as a potential heat source “that mobilized various metals—notably, of course, silver intimately associated with cobalt, but also gold, copper, zinc and nickel.”

Underground bulk sampling continues as the company also builds a 3D model from historic data.

With an oversubscribed second tranche that closed last month, Castle Silver has so far raised a total of $966,500 from a private placement offer that’s been increased to $1.2 million.

Castle Silver also holds a 100% option on the Beaver and Violet cobalt-silver properties hosting former mines near the town of Cobalt, 80 kilometres southeast.

Read about cobalt supply and demand.

Golden Dawn Minerals to add American past-producer to B.C. holdings

June 2nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 2, 2017

Geology disregards the 49th Parallel, so Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM has turned to northern Washington state to expand its southern British Columbia portfolio. Under a non-binding LOI announced June 2, the company would acquire the 234-hectare Lone Star copper-gold property in the U.S. contiguous to its Greenwood claims in B.C.

Golden Dawn Minerals to add American past-producer to B.C. holdings

Golden Dawn hopes to revive the historic silver-gold-polymetallic camp, beginning with the former May Mac, Lexington and Golden Crown mines, all proximal to the company’s gravity-flotation mill with a 200-tpd capacity expandable to 400 tpd.

Another past-producer, Lone Star operated from 1897 to 1918 and from 1977 to 1978. An estimate compiled in 2007, which Golden Dawn considers historic and non-43-101, showed:

  • indicated: 63,000 tonnes averaging 1.28 g/t gold and 2.3% copper for 2,600 ounces gold and 3.19 million pounds copper

  • inferred: 682,000 tonnes averaging 1.46 g/t gold and 2% copper for 32,000 ounces gold and 30.07 million pounds copper

Lexington’s rock types, structure and gold-copper mineralization continue south onto Lone Star, the company stated, “forming a three-kilometre-long prospective exploration trend of past-producing gold-copper mines and prospects, including the Lexington-Grenoble, Lexington, No. 7 and Lone Star mines.”

The new acquisition would cost Golden Dawn $200,000 cash and $200,000 in shares determined at the average price prior to announcing the LOI. A 2.5% NSR applies.

In April the company released silver-gold-lead-zinc assays from underground drilling at May Mac. Metallurgical tests for the past-producer have been conducted at the Greenwood mill, 15 kilometres away.

Golden Crown, meanwhile, has an application pending for surface drilling and preparations are underway for field work at the more recently acquired Kettle River properties.

Golden Dawn plans to reopen May Mac, Lexington, Golden Crown and the mill without de-risking the project at the feasibility level. Prior to filing on Sedar, the company is currently reviewing a recently completed PEA on all its B.C. Greenwood holdings. The report was commissioned to support a short form prospectus.

On June 2 Golden Dawn also closed the final tranche of a private placement totalling $1.76 million. Last February the company received a US$4-million advance on a gold purchase agreement.

Located about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, the Greenwood properties have nearby highway access.

Mountain Boy Minerals increases B.C. Golden Triangle presence with two 100% options

June 2nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 2, 2017

Mountain Boy Minerals increases B.C. Golden Triangle presence with two 100% options

Home to major deposits as well as earlier-stage exploration, the rugged
terrain of B.C.’s Golden Triangle has Mountain Boy Minerals intrigued.

Encouraging results have prompted Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB to up its stake in two northwestern British Columbia projects from 50% to 100% options. The company signed the agreement with Great Bear Resources TSXV:GBR, up to then a 50/50 JV partner on both properties, Surprise Creek and BA.

Together, the two nearby projects have undergone over $12 million of exploration spending over the last decade.

As project operator in February, Mountain Boy announced a major base metal-silver-barite zone at Surprise Creek, where one hole on the 7,472-hectare property revealed these intercepts:

  • 0.12 g/t gold, 28 g/t silver, 1.21% zinc, 0.03% lead, 0.31% copper and 46.73% barite over 18.94 metres, starting at 58.26 metres in downhole depth

  • (including 0.11 g/t gold, 44.75 g/t silver, 4.31% zinc, 0.05% lead, 0.33% copper and 67% BaSo4 over 4.58 metres)

  • (which includes 0.09 g/t gold, 70.7 g/t silver, 6.49% zinc, 0.09% lead, 0.56% copper and 60.48% BaSo4 over 2.14 metres)

True widths weren’t provided.

Sample results released in January from the 9,489-hectare BA VMS project showed:

  • 14.3% lead and 1,080 g/t silver
  • 32.4% lead and 417 g/t silver
  • 20.3% zinc, 6.73% lead, 255 g/t silver and 100 ppb gold
  • 33.1% zinc, 1.57% lead and 192 g/t silver
  • 4.41% copper and 142 ppb gold

Subject to approvals, the option lets Mountain Boy take Great Bear’s 50% of both projects by paying $1.3 million and issuing 10 million shares in stages by August 20, 2020. On achieving certain milestones, additional cash payments to Great Bear could total $3.7 million should both properties go into production.

Mountain Boy’s Golden Triangle portfolio includes a 20% stake in the Silver Coin gold-silver-base metals project with a resource estimate, the American Creek and Bear Valley silver-base metals projects, as well as copper-gold claims.

Read more about Mountain Boy Minerals.

See an infographic about B.C.’s Golden Triangle.

Rockcliff Copper readies for gold exploration on three of its northern Manitoba projects

May 25th, 2017

by Greg Klein | May 25, 2017

Now known chiefly for VMS deposits, Manitoba’s Snow Lake actually began as a gold mining camp. With active projects in both categories, Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU outlined near-term plans for three gold properties on May 25: Dickstone North (DSN), Laguna and Snow Lake Gold (SLG). The summer exploration will precede autumn drilling at Laguna.

Field work on Rockcliff’s 100%-held DSN will focus on a fault zone where historic, non-43-101 gold results included grab samples up to 34 g/t and channel samples up to 104.5 g/t over 0.25 metres. Work will also examine a 12-kilometre strike length that was overlooked by previous operators, Rockcliff stated.

Rockcliff Copper readies for gold exploration on three of its northern Manitoba projects

With a 100% option on the former Laguna gold mine, the company plans to resume this year’s surface and airborne geophysics following spring breakup. Intermittent mining on a single vein between 1916 and 1939 produced over 60,000 ounces from tonnage averaging 18.7 g/t. Rockcliff has previously announced surface grab samples ranging from trace to over 600 g/t. The geophysics will be followed by Laguna’s first drill program in over 70 years.

Another 100% option, SLG will undergo geological work on a major regional structural break with several areas of high-grade gold potential, the company added.

The three programs comprise just part of Rockcliff’s busy 2017 agenda for its approximately 45,000-hectare Snow Lake portfolio. The package also includes two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates and four zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates, all within trucking distance of two Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM plants.

“While we remain committed to advancing our core VMS properties we cannot underestimate the primary lode gold potential of our project which includes Manitoba’s first and highest-grade gold mine,” said Rockcliff president/CEO Ken Lapierre. Last month the company announced a new VMS zone on the 51%-optioned Talbot property, where Phase II drilling has been producing copper-gold-zinc-silver results.

In addition to Talbot and Laguna, the company has drilling planned this year for its Bur zinc property and Rail copper-gold-silver project.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper.

Kapuskasing targets zinc past-producer to bolster Newfoundland presence

May 18th, 2017

by Greg Klein | May 18, 2017

A former zinc mine with potential for another discovery would expand Kapuskasing Gold’s (TSXV:KAP) portfolio of Newfoundland prospects for high-performing metals. Under a non-binding letter of intent announced May 18, the company would get the 1,050-hectare Daniel’s Harbour property on the Rock’s Great Northern Peninsula.

The announcement follows a recent acquisition of proximal claims by Altius Minerals TSX:ALS, but the former mine sits on property covered by the Kapuskasing deal.

Kapuskasing targets zinc past-producer to bolster Newfoundland presence

In operation from 1975 to 1990, Daniel’s Harbour produced around seven million tonnes averaging 7.8% zinc. A chief characteristic was the mine’s Mississippi Valley Type deposit, a kind that characteristically occurs in clusters or districts, Kapuskasing stated. “There remains potential in the area of the old mine workings of the historic ore bodies continuing at depth or along the favourable breccia horizon,” the company added.

Subject to due diligence and approvals, the 100% acquisition calls for $60,000, 1.75 million shares and $100,000 of spending within two years. A 3% NSR applies, two-thirds of which can be bought back for $2 million. Should Kapuskasing define a resource of five million tonnes at a grade to be determined, the vendor gets a $50,000 bonus.

The news comes amid a busy few months as Kapuskasing collects properties in Newfoundland and Labrador. The company began in March with the acquisition of eight properties offering potential for copper, cobalt or vanadium. Among the standouts is Lady Pond, which an LOI announced last week would expand to 1,625 hectares covering historic mine workings. Surface grab samples graded up to 3.3% copper, 0.12% cobalt and 813 ppb gold.

While previous operators focused on copper, Kapuskasing sees potential for other metals including cobalt. The company has drilling planned later this year.

Another recently expanded March acquisition is King’s Court, now 2,275 hectares covering at least 10 copper showings at surface. Historic channel samples included 14% copper over three metres, 9.3% over 10 metres, 19% over 2.13 metres and 15.87% over 2.59 metres, along with cobalt samples up to 0.24%. The company has sent a 4.79-metre section of drill core to be re-assayed for cobalt and other elements.

Additional acquisitions bring with them historic, non-43-101 results:

  • Alexis, with grab samples up to 0.422% nickel and 0.822% cobalt

  • Cape Charles, with grab samples up to 1.12% copper, 0.47% nickel and 0.526% cobalt

  • Hayes, with a reported 27,000 tonnes averaging 54% iron, 9% titanium and 0.2% vanadium

  • Indian Head, with two dormant mines and iron-titanium-vanadium mineralization

  • Iron Mountain, with grab samples up to 39.8% iron and 0.26% vanadium

  • Ross Lake, with drill intercepts of 21.49% titanium dioxide, 0.24% vanadium and 0.16% chromium oxide over 13 metres; as well as 15.9% titanium dioxide, 0.2% vanadium and 0.13% chromium oxide over 11 metres

Again, those are historic, non-43-101 results.

With Daniel’s Harbour and Lady Pond as dual flagships, Kapuskasing has a busy year planned. Last month the company offered private placements totalling up to $750,000, including up to $250,000 in flow-through.

Pistol Bay signs LOI on Confederation Lake property, expands airborne geophysics

May 5th, 2017

by Greg Klein | May 5, 2017

Update: On May 8 Pistol Bay announced a further expansion of the airborne VTEM Plus survey, from 1,128 to 2,100 line-kilometres, covering a 40-kilometre length of the Confederation Lake greenstone belt.

An upcoming geophysical program has been extended to fly a potential land acquisition under consideration by Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST. The company announced a letter of intent on the 496-hectare Copperlode property, about four kilometres along strike from Pistol Bay’s Arrow zone in Ontario’s Confederation Lake greenstone belt. Having already assembled the area’s largest land package, the company plans region-wide, state-of-the-art exploration over neglected but VMS-rich ground.

Copperlode would bring Pistol Bay two more historic, non-43-101 estimates:

  • D zone: 32,600 tonnes averaging 7.58% zinc and 0.26% copper

  • E zone: 145,000 tonnes averaging 8.28% zinc, 1.02% copper and 24 g/t silver
Pistol Bay signs LOI on Confederation Lake property, expands airborne geophysics

Additionally, some historic, non-43-101 drill intercepts include:

  • B zone: 2.5% zinc and 1.68% copper over 6.3 metres

  • C zone: 0.21% zinc and 6.02% copper over 1.5 metres

  • Hornet zone: 7.56% zinc and 0.08% copper over 6.6 metres
  • 4.07% zinc and 1.13% copper over 5.03 metres

Hornet remains open at depth and along strike.

On finishing the region-wide airborne VTEM Plus campaign Pistol Bay may acquire an initial 65% option on Copperlode from Frontline Gold TSXV:FGC, which holds an option on the claims from another vendor. Pistol Bay would pay Frontline $26,000 and issue 450,000 shares over two years and spend $150,000 over three years. Another $50,000 and 300,000 shares would boost Pistol Bay’s stake to 80%.

Pistol Bay’s current Confederation Lake portfolio consists of 9,450 hectares with a number of historic estimates, including the 2007 Arrow resource on which the company began a 43-101 update last month.

Also last month, the company closed a $336,000 private placement that followed a $548,436 placement in March. April brought more money with $750,000 from a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary as part of its 100% option on Pistol Bay’s uranium properties in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin.

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Golden Dawn Minerals reports up to 246 g/t silver, 2.69 g/t gold over 3.71 metres at B.C.’s Greenwood camp

April 26th, 2017

by Greg Klein | April 26, 2017

Once again confirming mineralization beyond the former May Mac mine’s #7 level, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM boasts silver and gold 70 metres northwest, 20 metres above and up to 120 metres below the adit. Assays released April 26 follow a batch released in early March, part of 31 underground holes totalling 3,834 metres sunk since late last year to test the Skomac and parallel veins.

Golden Dawn Minerals reports assays from B.C.’s Greenwood camp

Located 15 kilometres from May Mac, Golden Dawn’s Greenwood
gravity-flotation mill has a 200-tpd capacity expandable to 400 tpd.

May Mac comprises one of several southern British Columbia past-producers that Golden Dawn hopes to resurrect, all within range of the company’s Greenwood mill. Golden Dawn has a 43-101 technical report underway on the entire portfolio, including an updated PEA for its Lexington and Golden Crown projects.

Some standout assays from May Mac’s current crop include:

Hole MU 17-12

  • 335 g/t silver, 7.53 g/t gold, 0.2% lead and 0.5% zinc over 0.46 metres, starting at 30.93 metres

MU 17-14

  • 252.6 g/t silver, 0.93 g/t gold, 9.9% lead, 4.3% zinc and 0.1% copper over 2.57 metres, starting at 105.92 metres
  • (including 494.5 g/t silver, 1.21 g/t gold, 19.6% lead, 8% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.29 metres)

  • 49.5 g/t silver, 12.55 g/t gold, 1.4% lead, 2% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.56 metres, starting at 129 metres

MU 17-16

  • 246 g/t silver, 2.69 g/t gold, 1.3% lead, 0.9% zinc and 0.1% copper over 3.71 metres, starting at 70.76 metres
  • (including 472 g/t silver, 4.42 g/t gold, 11.3% lead, 4.7% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.35 metres)
  • (and including 911 g/t silver, 9.53 g/t gold, 1.1% lead, 1% zinc and 0.2% copper over 0.55 metres)

MU 17-21

  • 58.8 g/t silver, 16.17 g/t gold, 2.3% lead, 3.3% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.56 metres, starting at 15.84 metres
  • (including 90.5 g/t silver, 23.7 g/t gold, 3.7% lead, 5.5% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.31 metres)

True widths weren’t available.

Having transferred the rig from underground drill station #3 to #2, work continues before moving to station #1. Subject of focus are the Skomac, Rose and West veins in a campaign expected to finish next month.

Other May Mac work awaits permit approvals. One application concerns additional surface drilling northwest along strike of the mine, where the company sees potential for mineralization up to another kilometre on the Skomac and parallel structures. The company also seeks approval to extend the #7 level northwest for additional drilling and a bulk sample of up to 10,000 tonnes.

Metallurgical tests have taken place on a May Mac composite core sample, with additional tests of tailings now underway to support processing at the mill, 15 kilometres from the mine.

Also proximal to the mill is Golden Dawn’s Golden Crown property, which has an application pending for surface drilling up to 10,000 metres. The company has preparations underway for field work at the recent Kettle River acquisition, which hosts 70 showings including 29 historic mines.

Golden Dawn also plans to begin dewatering its Lexington mine once spring weather allows.

Along with the mill, the former May Mac, Golden Crown and Lexington mines constitute the focal points of Golden Dawn’s Greenwood portfolio. Given the infrastructure in place, the company might decide to undertake trial mining and processing without the de-risking of a feasibility study.

In February Golden Dawn received a US$4-million advance on a gold purchase agreement.