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Cypress Development: Positive Drill Results Confirm Large Scale Potential For Dean Lithium Project

Dean claystone project; Clayton Valley, Nevada

Things seem to go as planned for Cypress Development (CYP.V), as the first three holes drilled on the Dean project returned very solid intercepts, as part of the Stage 2 fall program. Results ranged from 102.7m @1029ppm Li for hole DCH-11 to 62.8m @677ppm Li for DCH-12. This last hole generated dark green to black ash-rich mudstone at a depth of 53.4m. Management hasn't seen this before, and assumes that this type of claystone doesn't differ a lot recovery-wise, and just has a different color, but has to sample and test this first of course to be sure. This is a table of the last results:

Tinka Resources: Ayawilca Resource Update Confirms Expectations; Upcoming PEA Could Surprise Markets

Ayawilca project; drilling location

1. Introduction

It is a busy and exciting time for top zinc junior Tinka Resources. Drill results are rolling in all year now, Tinka is the talk of the town at many conferences, the team got a much deserved accolade by receiving the Mining Journal "Explorer of the year 2017" award, and the company got listed on the Peruvian stock exchange (Lima Stock Exchange or BVL). I liked this move, as it made the company less dependent on for example Canadian brokers/banks to raise money in the future.

Future Upside Provides Excellent Entry Point For Fiore Gold

Pan Mine, Nevada

After a lengthy trading halt since June 12, Fiore Gold (F.V) started trading on October 2, having completed the business combination with GRP Minerals. This took quite a bit of time, as it was a fairly complex venture for both companies, with a lot of paperwork.  I view this deal as an accretive one, as a lot of tangible value through much more advanced assets was added, up to an estimated Net Asset Value of about C$120M in my view, and a lot of realistic growth potential. Apparently, not everybody had the same long term view for Fiore Gold as is needed in this case, the company now morphing into a long term growth production story instead of an exploration story, and a sell-off started immediately after opening of the markets:

Genesis Metals: Chevrier Phase I Drilling Completed, Phase 2 Program Commencing

Chevrier Gold project; IP anomaly

In between exploration success stories (for example GT Gold) or possible myths in the making (Novo Resources) taking center stage, Genesis Metals quietly completed the Phase I drill program, consisting of 4,900m of diamond drilling. Results were announced on October 3rd of 9 drill holes, and channel sampling. Management received two separate batches of results of the Phase I drill program, reporting 8 out of 9 holes testing greenfield IP anomalies in 2 target areas in (see image above in red) now in the first batch, and the remaining 13 drill holes focused on the Main Zone will come out in the second batch in about 3 weeks.

Rise Gold: A Tiny Junior Targeting 1-3Moz High Grade Gold, Left Behind In Past-Producing Idaho-Maryland Mine

Former Idaho-Maryland Mine, Nevada County, California

1. Introduction

Sometimes I come across mining stories that read like an old fashioned treasure hunt of sorts. Rise Gold (RISE:CSE, RYES:OTC), a small junior headquartered in Vancouver, falls neatly into this category in my view. CEO Ben Mossman found the past-producing high grade Idaho-Maryland gold mine after intensely searching the internet for about 5 months, scanning eligible projects up for sale, historic databases and other leads. When he started doing his due diligence, which meant sifting through a basement full of old documents, it soon dawned on him that this project could host huge exploration potential, besides the considerable historic (2002) high grade estimate of 0.4Moz @ 9.1g/t Au M&I and 0.9Moz @12.7g/t Au Inf, as the Idaho-Maryland had to halt production in 1954 when it was nowhere near depletion.

A Critical Q & A With MGX Minerals CEO Jared Lazerson

Oil wells; source

According to the significant number of news releases and different projects and activities going on at the moment, MGX Minerals (XMG.CSE) must be one of the busiest junior mining companies I know. A few of those activities definitely have the potential to be company makers on a vast scale in my view. However, as most activities are still relatively early stage, not verified and sometimes seem to compete for strategy focus, it could be difficult at times to follow what's exactly going on for investors, let alone adequately value the company. As a consequence, the share price has been side-ranging for quite a while now, as can be seen here:

The Fiore-GRP Deal: Giustra Builds Another Gold Producer

Pan Mine, Nevada

1. Introduction

In December 2016 I introduced Fiore Exploration, a new company backed by Frank Giustra, and it has been a relatively quiet 6 months. Fiore completed some drilling on the Pampas El Peñon project in Chile and an IP survey on the newly acquired Cerro Tostado.

But behind the scenes, things were in motion. Earlier this year, Fiore began exploring the idea of merging with GRP Minerals, a private company ramping up the PAN heap leach operation  in Nevada. GRP bought Pan and other Midway Gold assets for US$5.5M and spent another US$18 million on upgrading and restarting the operation. Midway had spent more than US$100 million constructing the Pan mine but in the end failed to execute. The demise of Midway Gold is a whole other story, one I will touch on later.

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