Northern Vertex Mining Corp. (TSX.V: NEE): Low-Cost Open-Pit Heap Leach Gold-Silver Moss Mine in NW Arizona, USA; Ken Berry, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Northern Vertex Mining Corp. (TSX.V: NEE) is an exploration and mining company focused on the reactivation of its 100% owned, low-cost, open-pit, heap leach Moss Mine Gold-Silver Property located in the historic Oatman Mining district in NW Arizona, USA. Northern Vertex just announced, April 20th that it obtained the Final Permit for Commercial Mining at Moss Gold-Silver Project. We learned from Ken Berry, President and CEO of Northern Vertex Mining, they are now in the construction phase of pushing towards commercial production, in the fourth quarter of 2017, so it's exciting times. In a challenging market from 2011 to 2015, the company was able to raise funds to move this project forward and soon they will see cash flow.
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Interview with Laura Evans, Director of Advancement at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa
by Al Alper, Jr. President of Metals News


We learned from Laura Evans, Director of Advancement at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, the museum was born out of the Geological Survey of Canada. The deepest roots of the museum date back to the geological exploration of Canada. For over 150 years, they've been exploring the natural world, which often yields all kinds of interesting rocks, minerals, and gems, so there are lots of ties between the two worlds. They are working on an interesting project right now hoping to repatriate the Foxfire Diamond back to Canada, and offer it a permanent home at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
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Interview with Mr. Rob McEwen, Chairman & Chief Owner, McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX, TSX: MUX)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX, TSX: MUX) is a growing gold and silver producer in the Americas. McEwen Mining's principal assets consist of; the San José Mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina (49% interest), the El Gallo Mine and El Gallo Silver project in Sinaloa, Mexico, the Gold Bar project in Nevada, USA, and the Los Azules copper project in San Juan, Argentina. Mr. Rob McEwen, Chairman & Chief Owner, owns 25% of the outstanding shares. Mr McEwen was the founder and former chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc., which is one of the world’s largest gold producers based on market capitalization. We learned from Mr. McEwen, that their treasury almost doubled over the year and they have an offer to buy a junior exploration company, with some advanced high-grade near-term exploration projects in Timmins, which is one of the biggest gold districts in the world. The company has no debt, is generating positive cash-flow, has not sold the upside, or given away a large part through selling a royalty or a metal stream. McEwen Mining is working towards qualifying for inclusion in the S&P 500.
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Interview with Mitch Krebs, President and CEO of Coeur Mining Inc.: Generating Strong Cash Flow and Poised for Long-term Success
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Coeur Mining, Inc. (NYSE: CDE) is the largest U.S.-based silver producer and a significant gold producer employing approximately 2,000 people with five wholly owned precious metals mines in the Americas: the Palmarejo silver-gold complex in Mexico, the Rochester silver-gold mine in Nevada, the Kensington gold mine in Alaska, the Wharf gold mine in South Dakota, and the San Bartolomé silver mine in Bolivia. We learned from Mitch Krebs, who is President and CEO of Coeur Mining that this year they expect to produce somewhere around 17 million ounces of silver and about 375,000 ounces of gold. According to Mr. Krebs, over the last three years the company managed to lower their all-in sustaining cost by about 25-30%, more than doubled their adjusted EBITDA margins and, with the help of the resulting cash flow, significantly reduced their debt. Coeur Mining is an attractive well-diversified and growing producer that runs in a very responsible, ethical way.
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Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG): A Gold Producer with a High-Quality Pipeline of Precious Metals Projects in North America; Interview with Ewan Downie, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG) is a gold producer and respected exploration and development company, with a high-quality pipeline of precious metals projects in proven, accessible and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. We learned from Ewan Downie, who is President and CEO of Premier Gold Mines that they have been producing for approximately six months. They operate two low-cost mines in North America, with solid production results surpassing production guidelines. According to Mr. Downie, Premier Gold is one of the highest margin producers in their sector and they can grow their future assets, without having to go to the market and issue shares. The company has never been in better shape than it is today.
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Cartier Resources Inc. (TSX-V: ECR}: Discovery in the Prolific Abitibi Gold Belt in Quebec, Sponsored by Agnico Eagle: Interview with Philippe Cloutier, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Cartier Resources Inc. (TSX-V: ECR) is an exploration company focused exclusively on discovery in the prolific Abitibi Gold Belt in Quebec. We learned from Philippe Cloutier, who is president and CEO of Cartier Resources, that around 2011-2012 they adopted a new corporate strategy that was to identify and acquire projects of merit that had historic resource estimates, or ounces in the ground. Today in early 2017, they have attracted the sponsorship of a major mining company Agnico Eagle, who invested $4.5 million in December of 2016 to own just under 20%. Currently, the company launched a 50-thousand-meter drilling program targeted directly beneath the established showings and high-grade resources on four projects: their flagship Chimo Mine project, the Benoit project, the Wilson project, and the Fenton project. With nine million dollars in the bank, an experienced team and proven exploration strategy, Cartier Resources is ready to conduct a very dynamic and aggressive exploration program on some really high profile projects.
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Dr. Alper Interviews Tom Drivas, President, CEO, Director and Founder of Appia Energy Corp.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Tom Drivas, President, CEO, Director and Founder of Appia Energy Corp. exploration company looking for uranium and rare earth in the Athabasca Basin. Appia has promising projects in areas with strong infrastructure in place. Insiders hold approximately 64% of Appia. With an experienced management team and a good risk reward stock ratio, Appia should be closely watched. Appia trades on the CSE: “API” and in the USA, “APAAF.US OTC”, and in Germany “A0I.F”, “A0I.MU”,”A0I.BE”.
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Graphite One Resources Announces Preliminary Economic Assessment for its $1 billion NPV Alaska-Based Graphite Creek Deposit
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Graphite One Resources (GPH: TSX-V; OTCQX: GPHOF) is a junior mining company focused on its Graphite Creek project, host of America’s highest grade and largest known, large flake graphite deposit, located near Nome, Alaska. We learned from Mr. Doug Smith, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Graphite One that their objective is to build a fully integrated company, eventually moving from producing graphite concentrate right through to finished advanced materials end-products. Graphite One CEO and President Anthony Huston says of the company’s strategy, “This vertical integration will help reduce costs and make a seamless system from our mine to the high-tech graphite market.”
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Interview with Ted Pickell, Chairman and CEO of Stewart World Port: North America’s Most Northern Ice Free Port
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Ted Pickell, Chairman and CEO of Stewart World Port, a Canadian company committed to responsible port development, management, and operations, guided by core values of safety, environmental stewardship, high ethical, economic, and social standards, told us the Port opened in March 2016. They encourage mutually beneficial, strong local community partnerships and regional growth. Stewart World Port was founded in 2012 with a board and senior management team with over 150 years’ experience in engineering, heavy construction, operations, logistics, and mining. It is North America’s most northern ice free port, located at the end of the Portland Canal, with paved access to British Columbia and Alberta. They provide clean, reliable, economic port services and will for decades. They foster economic development in remote communities of Northern British Columbia. Stewart Port serves the needs of Breakbulk, Project Cargo, Forest Products, and Bulk customers in Northern BC and around the world. Stewart World Port’s modern facility offers the latest in loading, storage, and crane technology to ensure customer cargo is handled efficiently and effectively. Situated at the bottom of the BC's Golden Triangle, Stewart Port is looking forward to serving all the operating mines in the north and in the eastern-southern Yukon and has several mining companies, who want to ship over their modern, environmentally-friendly port.
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Stephen G. Roman, Chairman, President and CEO of Harte Gold (TSX: HRT, FSE: H4O, OTC: HRTFF): Completed a $25 Million Bought Deal Financing, Accelerating Exploration and Development Program at Sugar Zone and Building a Processing Plant (PDAC Booth # 2820)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We interviewed Stephen G. Roman, Chairman, President and CEO of Harte Gold who was awarded the honor of “Prospector of the Year” for 2016 and has received the “Bill Dennis Award” from the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in March, 2016. Harte Gold Co(TSX: HRT, FSE: H4O, OTC: HRTFF) is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company focused on their 100% owned high-grade Sugar Zone property located in Ontario, 80 kilometers east of the Hemlo Gold Camp. The company just completed a $25 million bought deal financing, which will allow them to accelerate and complete engineering and design of their own processing plant. This financing will also allow Harte to expand exploration beyond Sugar Zone and start drilling the rest of their land package. Currently, the company is conducting the 70,000 tonne Advanced Exploration Bulk Sample mining operation and generating their own cash.
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Dr. Jack Regan, Founder, CEO, and Chairman of LexaGene Inc. (OTCQB: LXXGF; TSX.V: LXG): Unprecedented Ease-of-Use, Sensitivity, and Breadth of Pathogen Detection
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


LexaGene Holdings, Inc. (TSX.V: LXG, OTCQB: LXXGF) is a biotechnology company developing a fully automated rapid pathogen detection system for use at the site of sample collection, which offers unprecedented ease-of use, sensitivity, and breadth of pathogen detection. We spoke with Dr. Jack Regan, founder, CEO and Chairman of LexaGene, who also happens to be the scientist that invented the LexaGene’s patented microfluidic system. We learned from Dr. Regan that they are currently in the early stages of product development and expect to have their alpha prototype built and ready to show by November 2017.
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Integra Gold Corp. (TSX-V: ICG; OTCQX: ICGQF): New PEA Indicates a 135,000 Ounce Per Year High Margin Project; Discussion with Chris Gordon
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Integra Gold Corp. (TSX-V: ICG; OTCQX: ICGQF) is a junior gold exploration company, advancing the Lamaque project in Val-d’Or, Québec, one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world. We learned from Chris Gordon that Integra is a company that's exploring aggressively, at the same time, also advancing their project and moving forward with a potential production decision to be made by the second half of 2018. The new PEA shows they will be able to build a 135,000 ounce-per-year high margin project for a relatively low price tag, which is extremely rare in the industry. Also, the mine life was extended from five years to ten and a half years. Plans for 2017 include updating the resource estimate, commencing underground exploration, and reviewing the results of bulk sampling while drilling the Lamaque Deep target.
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Hecla Mining Company (NYSE: HL): Leading Low-Cost U.S. Silver Producer with Operating Mines in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, and a Growing Gold Producer; Interview with Mike Westerlund, VP of Investor Relations
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Hecla Mining Company (NYSE: HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, and is a growing gold producer with an operating mine in Quebec, Canada. Hecla also has exploration and pre-development properties in seven world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. We learned from Mike Westerlund, VP of Investor Relations for Hecla Mining, that 2016 was the record year for the company for revenue and silver production. The reason for that, according to Mr. Westerlund, is the strategy of investing in organic growth, even during tough times, that led to the opening of the new very profitable mine in Mexico, record production and excellent financial performance.
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Anaconda Mining Inc. (TSX: ANX): Growth-Oriented, Gold Mining and Exploration Company in Newfoundland, Expanding to Greater Atlantic Canada; Interview with Dustin Angelo, President and CEO
by Allen Alper, Jr., President of Metals News


Anaconda Mining Inc. (TSX: ANX) is a growth-oriented, gold mining and exploration company, with a producing project called the Point Rousse Project and three exploration/development projects called the Viking and Great Northern Projects and the Tilt Cove Property in Newfoundland. We learned from Dustin Angelo, who is the President and CEO of Anaconda Mining, they are most excited about the acquisition of the Goldboro Property in Nova Scotia, which they hope to bring into production quickly by leveraging their existing infrastructure at the producing Point Rousse Project. The company has been producing around 16,000 gold ounces a year generating around $20 - $25 million Canadian in annual revenue. Bringing Goldboro into production, should significantly increase their production profile over the next couple years.
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Redstar Gold Corp. (TSX.V: RGC, OTCQB: RGCTF, FRA: RGG): Advancing One of the Highest-Grade Gold Projects in Americas; Interview with Peter A. Ball, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Redstar Gold Corp. (TSX.V: RGC, OTCQB: RGCTF, FRA: RGG) is a well-financed Vancouver based junior exploration company, focused on high-grade gold exploration in North America. In Alaska, the Company is exploring the high-grade 100% owned Unga Gold Project. We learned from Peter A. Ball, who is President and CEO of Redstar Gold Corp. that the company is ~ 60% owned by a number of well-known, knowledgeable investors including; Jacques Vaillancourt, the Executive Chairman and the major shareholder, along with Eric Sprott and several other institutional investors. Redstar Gold controls a 240 square kilometers district in Alaska, where conditions allow operating all year round on the 55th degree latitude location, with nearby one mile long paved airstrip, deep sea port facilities, and by-weekly barge schedules from Seattle. The new exploration program is commencing the end of March, early April this year. According to Mr. Ball, the company has 6 million dollars in the bank and zero debt.
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Levon Resources Ltd. (TSX: LVN; OTCQX: LVNVF): Indicated Resources of 488.5 M oz of Silver, 9.0 B lbs. of Zinc, 4.7 B lbs. of Lead, and 1.37 M oz of Gold; Interview with Ron Tremblay
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Levon Resources Ltd. (TSX: LVN; OTCQX: LVNVF) is a well-funded gold and precious metals company, exploring one of the world's largest silver resources at the company's 100%-owned, bulk tonnage, Cordero Project in northwest Mexico. Cordero hosts a world class Silver, Zinc, Lead, and Gold resource, with indicated resources of 488.5 million ounces of Silver, 9.0 billion pounds of Zinc, 4.7 billion pounds of Lead, and 1.37 million ounces of Gold. We learned from Ron Tremblay, President & CEO of Levon Resources, they have a fantastic huge open-pit project and are expecting to complete PEA this fall, which should show some very good economics on the project, with silver price on the upturn. According to Mr. Tremblay, for anybody that likes silver and zinc, they have a world class project in a great area of Mexico.
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Leigh Curyer, CEO of NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE, OTCQX: NXGEF): The Largest Undeveloped Uranium Deposit in Canada with a Very High Grade Core of 164.9M Lbs Grading 18.84% U3O8.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE, OTCQX:NXGEF) is a British Columbia company with a portfolio of highly prospective uranium exploration assets in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada. The company is currently focused on the Arrow Deposit hosting an Indicated mineral resource of 179.5 M lbs U3O8 contained in 1.18 M tonnes grading 6.88% U3O8 and a very high grade core of 164.9 million pounds at 18.84% U3O8 contained within 0.40 M tonnes with an additional 122.1 M lbs U3O8 at 1.30% U3O8 contained within 4.25 M tonnes in the Inferred mineral resource category. We learned from Leigh Curyer, CEO and Director of NexGen, that 2016 was an exciting year for the company, with the largest drilling program in Canada for a uranium project of just under 100,000 meter but that 2017 should be even better. Plans for this year include aggressive drilling, engineering and environmental studies. According to Mr. Curyer, even though Arrow is the largest undeveloped deposit in Canada, they are still in the very early stages of understanding the true scale of the deposit.
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Ely Gold & Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: ELY, OTC: ELYGF): A Project Developer, Royalty Generator and Exploration Company, Focused Primarily in Nevada; Interview with Trey Wasser, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Trey Wasser, who is President and CEO of Ely Gold & Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: ELY, OTC: ELYGF) that they are a project developer, focused primarily in Nevada with a portfolio of about 20 consolidated properties. Ely Gold is focused on developing recurring cash flow streams, through the acquisition, consolidation, enhancement, and resale of highly prospective, un-encumbered North American precious metals properties. Ely Gold’s property development efforts maximize each property’s potential for third party acquisition, while reserving significant royalty interests. Plans for 2017 include more property deals with the goal of 2 million dollars in revenue from these deals.
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Copper Mountain Mining (TSX: CUM), Successfully Increases Efficiency and Lowers Operating Costs at Copper Mountain in Canada
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Copper Mountain Mining (TSX: CUM), located in Canada, is doing an excellent job increasing their efficiency and decreasing their costs. With the addition of the world’s largest cone crusher (housed in the 12 story building on the left), they are well positioned to be very profitable as copper prices recover.
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African Queen Mines Ltd. (TSX.V: AQ, Frankfurt: QM0.F): Advancing their Flagship Yellowjacket Gold Project in the Atlin Area, British Columbia, Interview with Irwin Olian, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


African Queen Mines Ltd. (TSX.V: AQ, Frankfurt: QM0.F) is advancing their flagship Yellowjacket gold project that covers an aggregate of approximately 291.54 sq. km in Atlin area, British Columbia and has a fully permitted past producing mine. We learned from Irwin Olian, CEO of African Queen Mines, how they bought the property in 2015 for a very favorable price, which gives them tremendous upside as they manage to consolidate a very large exploratory portfolio and develop the geological model that gives them an idea of the potential gold deposits in the region. Mr. Olian expects a big work season in 2017. He is very proud of his terrific team that he feels is second to none from a geological standpoint.
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